Sreesanth thanks SC for setting aside BCCI’s life ban

On this, Sreesanth was quoted saying, "I hope that the BCCI respects the verdict of the country's highest court and allows me to at least get back to the cricket field".

The apex court past year asked the Delhi High Court to decide expeditiously the appeal filed by the Delhi Police challenging a trial court order discharging several accused, including Sreesanth. The bench also made it clear that Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment.The ball is now in the court of the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), who will have to take a call on that matter. The Supreme Court, however, has not upheld the findings of guilt made by the disciplinary committee against Sreesanth.

Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth from his friend's house while Chandila and Chavan had been picked up from the team hotel as the three were plying their trade for Rajasthan Royals in the T20 league. The issue of Sreesanth's ban might come up among the CoA on that day.

In an earlier hearing, Sreesanth had told the court that he initially confessed to the Special Cell of Delhi Police about his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal to escape sustained and continuous police torture.

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The bench passed this order on Sreesanth's plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.

September 2013: Sreesanth is handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in the spot-fixing case.

December 7, 2018: Sreesanth, in a statement before the Supreme Court bench, says that the life ban sentenced handed to him by the BCCI is "too harsh". "The lifetime ban has lifted and it's a huge relief".

Jan 30, 2019: The Supreme Court questions Sreesanth about why he didn't inform the BCCI that he was being approached for alleged spot-fixing in 2013. On September 13, 2013, BCCI was found Sreesanth guilty on all the three counts - corruption, betting and bringing disrepute to the game - and imposed the lifetime ban on him.

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