Sreesanth gets hope as Supreme Court sends notice on lifetime ban

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The Supreme Court today sent notices to relevant parties on cricketer Sreeshant’s plea to lift a lifetime ban on him imposed by the Mumbai-based Board of Control for Cricket in India.

This is the third hearing on the matter.

In August last year, a single judge bench of the Kerala High Court lifted the ban imposed by the BCCI in 2013 over alleged match fixing in the Indian Premier League.

This followed Sreesanth’s acquittal in the case by a special court in Delhi.

However, the decision to lift the ban was appealed by the BCCI on the grounds that it was imposed on the basis of evidence found by an inquiry conducted by the organization, and not on the basis of the police inquiry.

In the appeal, a Kerala High Court division bench headed by Chief Justice Navniti Prasad Singh ruled that the court cannot conduct a judicial review on the life ban imposed by the BCCI, and restored the ban last year.

The bench also said there was no violation of natural justice against the cricketer and quashed the single bench order in Sreesanth’s favour.

With the Supreme Court sending notices, Sreesanth has again got a glimmer of hope. The BCCI had opposed any move to hear the case again.

The 35-year-old cricketer is keen to get back to playing tournaments such as IPL and Ranji Trophy.