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Supreme Court asks BCCI to reconsider life ban on S Sreesanth, consider his plea within 3 months

S Sreesanth. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 15, 2019, 11.01 AM (IST)

Banned Indian cricketer S Sreesanth will get an opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of punishment, the Supreme Court said on Friday. 

The apex court noted that BCCI's disciplinary committee may reconsider quantum of punishment to be given to S Sreesanth within 3 months, news agency ANI reported. 

In January, Sreesanth - who was earlier arrested in connection with the 2013 spot-fixing scandal - claimed in the Supreme Court that he had made the confession about his involvement in the alleged crime as Delhi Police had threatened that his family members would be implicated and tortured

Taking into account his submissions made through his lawyer, the apex court questioned him why he had not immediately brought it to the notice of the BCCI that he was being approached for alleged spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2013, news agency PTI reported. 

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The apex court observed that the conduct of Sreesanth, facing a life ban, in the entire episode was "not good".

Sreesanth, who was discharged by a trial court in 2015 in a criminal case related to alleged spot-fixing, told a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph that life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was harsh and there was no evidence to substantiate the claim that he indulged in any illegality.

"The police had threatened me that my family members would be tortured and implicated unless I confess," senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sreesanth, told the court.

The 35-year-old cricketer has challenged in the apex court the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which restored the ban imposed on him, PTI reported. 

The senior counsel said Sreesanth had failed to inform the board about him being approached for spot-fixing but even if he did not do this, the maximum ban that could be imposed upon him was five years.

As many as 36 accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila, were discharged by a trial court here in July 2015. The BCCI had, however, refused to alter its disciplinary decision of life ban on Sreesanth even after the trial court's verdict.

A single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth by the BCCI and had set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board.

Later, a division bench of the high court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench's order.

(With inputs from PTI) 

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The apex court noted that BCCI's disciplinary committee may reconsider quantum of punishment to be given to S Sreesanth within 3 months, news agency ANI reported.