MUMBAI: The two-judge Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday restored the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth him by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), overturning an earlier decision by a single judge Bench to lift the ban.
The BCCI had filed a fresh appeal in the Kerala HC on 18 September, challenging the lifting of the ban.
Sreesanth expressed his shock over the decision on Twitter. “This is the worst decision ever..special rule for me?what about real culprits?What about chennai super kings ? And what about Rajasthan ?” Sreesanth tweeted.
And what about the accused 13 names in Lodha report?? No one wants to know about it?i will keep fighting for my right..God is great,” he added.
“Anyway all I have is my family and lots of dear ones who still believes in me..I will keep fighting and make sure I don’t give up,” he concluded.
BCCI had said that HC’s decision was contrary to the existing norms.
In its appeal, the BCCI had said the decision to ban the cricketer was taken based on the evidence against him. The single-judge bench had on August 7 lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI. Justice A Muhamed Mustaque had also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the board.
The court had earlier sought the BCCI's stand on the plea by the cricketer, challenging the ban following the 2013 Indian Premier League-6 spot-fixing scandal. The BCCI had filed a counter-affidavit on the issue in the court in response to the plea by Sreesanth, who had challenged the life ban despite a court dropping all charges against him.
Now, the only option before the former India fast bowler is to approach the apex court. The Hindu, quoting to sources close to the bowler, reports he is likely to go in appeal against this verdict.
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