Supreme-Court

The Supreme Court has posted the matter concerning an appeal made by S Sreesanth challenging a Kerala High Court decision upholding the life ban on him imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for further hearing on August 27. On May 15, the apex court had asked the Delhi High Court to decide by end of July the appeal challenging the trial court order discharging several cricketers, including Sreesanth.

It may be noted here that 36 persons accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila, were let off by a Patiala House court in July 2015. The Delhi Police later challenged the Patiala High Court decision in the Delhi High Court.

Later on, in the turn of events, a single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had on August 7 last year lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth by the BCCI and set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board. The BCCI however, has all this while refused to change its stance on the disciplinary decision despite the court’s verdict. A division bench of the high court had later restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench’s order.

The top court said that it understood Sreesanth’s anxiety to return to top-flight cricket, but would like to wait for the verdict of Delhi High Court on the matter. The Supreme Court also observed that cricket is a glorious game of uncertainty and no one should make it predictable. The observation was made by a bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice D Y Chandrachud.

The bench told BCCI that Sreesanth has already been exonerated by a criminal court in the IPL spot-fixing case of 2013. ”Cricket is a glorious game of uncertainty and no one should make it lose the charm of uncertainty by making it predictable,” the bench said. Sreesanth’s counsel said the top court should pass a direction for expeditious hearing of the appeal against his discharge pending in the Delhi High Court.

The banned pace bowler has sought an interim direction that he should be allowed to play the English county cricket in the view of the fact that he has already been discharged in the IPL spot-fixing case and has been suffering the ban for the past four years. The Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth and other two cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League in 2013.

(With Inputs from PTI)