The Supreme Court on Friday revoked the life ban on former Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth in spot-fixing case and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to re-examine its quantum of punishment, The Hindu reported.
A Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and K.M. Joseph said the life ban was “too harsh.”
The court asked the BCCI disciplinary committee to review the quantum of his punishment in three months. It, however, upheld his indictment in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
The Bench made it clear that the order shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer. The standard of disciplinary proceedings was higher than that of criminal proceedings, the court said.
Sreesanth had argued how the life ban given to other cricketers was reconsidered eventually.
“Mohd. Azharuddin [former India captain] was overturned. Pakistan’s Salim Malik got a life ban but it was overturned. Hansie Cronje was given a life ban but he died in a plane crash when proceedings were not closed,” senior advocate Salman Khurshid, for Sreesanth, had submitted.