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Spot-fixing case: Huge relief for Sreesanth as Supreme Court revokes life ban

The Supreme Court on Friday revoked life ban on Indian Cricketer S. Sreesanth. The apex court also directed the BCCI to re-evaluate a fresh punishment for him within the next three months. The Supreme court, however, rejected Sreesanth’s plea that he should not be punished at all for spot-fixing as he was acquitted of all charges after the Delhi trial court found that there was no evidence to validate that he was involved in match-fixing.

In May 2013, Sreesanth, who was playing for Rajasthan Royals, and his fellow teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan were arrested for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy by Delhi Police. The three players were banned for life by the BCCI.

Later in 2015, Sreesanth, Chandila, and Chavan were acquitted of spot-fixing charges which were reimposed by Kerala High Court in 2017 after a petition from the BCCI. A bench headed by Ashok Bhushan though maintained that he is guilty of betting/match-fixing, asked the BCCI to consider the quantum of punishment on Sreesanth.

This decision came as a relief for the pace bowler. Expressing his gratitude, Sreesanth said, "It's a huge relief. The court has given me a huge lifeline, and I am happy with the opportunity given to me. I am just being optimistic, and I hope to keep myself fit until September-October. Now, I believe I can even play Ranji Trophy for Kerala this season which starts from September-October," he added.


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