THE SUPREME COURT issued a notice to BCCI on a petition filed by S. Sreesanth challenging a Kerala High Court verdict that restored the life ban imposed on him.
It is learnt that the BCCI has been given four weeks to respond to the petition filed by the out-of-favor paceman. The case pertains to the IPL spot-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket in 2013 and the seamer has been fighting for a return to the cricket field ever since.
As reported by Indian Express, the SC had agreed to hear the proceedings on February 5 after Sreesanth challenged the decision of Kerala High Court. All the 36 accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, co-accused Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were let off by a Patiala House Court in July 2015. The BCCI, however, refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict.
A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court had restored the ban on a petition filed by BCCI against a single-judge bench’s order that lifted the life ban imposed on the 34-year-old pacer. The bench observed that there no violation of natural justice against the cricketer and quashed the single bench order that had come in favor of the seamer.