The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has filed an appeal to the Kerala High Court against the latter's order to lift the life ban on former India pacer S Sreesanth.
According to ANI, the board had questioned the Kerala High Court’s landmark 7 August verdict, which directed the board to lift the life ban imposed on him, and have now filed an appeal regarding the same. The court's order was passed by single judge bench of the court back then.
The board further stated in their appeal that the High Court's order was contrary to the existing norms.
BCCI files appeal in Kerala HC against lifting lifetime ban imposed on Sreesanth, says HC's decision was contrary to the existing norms
— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2017
Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing during the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2013.
He had been charged for match-fixing, but was later cleared by the investigating Delhi Police and subsequently by a sessions court in the national capital.
The bowler had then filed a petition challenging the BCCI’s decision not to lift the ban despite being exonerated by the Delhi High Court in 2015. All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were let off in the spot-fixing case by a Patiala House court in July 2015.
The Kerala High court sought BCCI’s stand on the plea filed by Sreesanth challenging the life ban. The board stood firm and were not willing to alter its disciplinary actions.
BCCI has been very vocal regarding their zero tolerance on corruption issues, and offered no sympathy for the pacer, who has represented India in 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals.
Updated Date: Sep 18, 2017 22:28 PM