The Hon. Supreme Court today (May 15, 2018) asked the Delhi High Court to decide on the appeal that challenged a trial court order, which discharged several cricketers, including former India pacer Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case, by July end.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had imposed a life ban on Sreesanth, who challenged the Kerala High Court order, which upheld the ban on him. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it understood the “anxiety” of the cricketer to play cricket, but it would like to wait for HC decision on the appeal of Delhi Police challenging the trial court order discharging the cricketers and others in the IPL spot-fixing case.
Sreesanth sought permission to play in English County Cricket in the view of the fact that he was discharged in IPL spot-fixing case. He also said that he had suffered a lot in the last four years due to the ban on him.
Sreesanth, along with two other Rajasthan Royals’ player Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi Police for their involvement in spot-fixing during IPL 2013. A single-judge bench of Kerala High Court had on August 7 last year lifted the life-ban imposed on 34-year-old Sreesanth by the BCCI and set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board.
However, a bench of HC restored the ban on an appeal by BCCI against the order.
All the 36 accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Chavan, and Chandila, were let off by a Patiala House court in July 2015. BCCI had refused to lift the ban despite court’s verdict.
(With PTI inputs)