The Supreme Court Friday set aside the life ban on S Sreesanth and asked the cricket board to reconsider the quantum of punishment. The top court directed the cricket administrative body to reconsider the quantum of punishment to be given to the banned cricketer within three months.
Sreesanth, who was a part of Rajasthan Royals, along with teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila was arrested by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy in May 2013.
Although in July 2015, the Patiala House Court dropped the charges against the 36 accused in the scandal, the BCCI refused to reverse its disciplinary order against Sreesanth based on evidence.
The bench passed this order on Sreesanth's plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.
The cricketer had pleaded in the court that his global cricket career was virtually over but he should at least be allowed to play club cricket.
BCCI, on its part, had contended it has adopted a zero tolerance policy against corruption in the sport and the life ban can not be revoked.
The court, however, also rejected Sreesanth's plea to not be punished at all as he acquitted in the case by the court.
In an earlier hearing, Sreesanth had told the court that he initially confessed to the Special Cell of Delhi Police about his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal to escape sustained and continuous police torture.