Kerala High Court on Monday revoked the ban BCCI had imposed on former Indian team speedster S Sreesanth after he was acquitted in the spot fixing case in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.
After he received a clean chit, he approached BCCI to remove the ban but his request was turned down which forced him to approach Kerala High Court in March claiming that BCCI harrased him, violating his constitutional rights though he came out clean.
“He was acquitted in the case. Then how can the BCCI impose a ban on him? It is denial of natural justice,” the High Court stated while lifting the ban.
The ban was imposed on the cricketer after Delhi police hinted his involvement in the IPL match fixing. BCCI suspended him from the team and ordered an enquiry following his arrest by Delhi police in May 2013.
Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals team mates, Ajit Chadilia and Ankit Chavan were also arrested on charges of match fixing. On July 25, 2015, an additional sessions court exonerated Sreesanth and others from the charges that included offences under Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA).
Retorting to Sreesanth’s petition art the High Court, BCCI informed the high court in April that a criminal court exonerating him is not enough to lift the lifetime ban.
The standard of proof required under a penal statute is much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. Therefore, on an appreciation of the same evidence, one may not be guilty of criminal consequences but can be found guilty of violating the internal disciplinary rules of an organizationBCCI affidavit to Kerala High Court
After the judgement on Monday, S Sreesanth wrote on Twitter, “God is great..thanks for the all the love and support”.