As per a recent report, the Kerala High Court has issued an order to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to lift the lifetime ban imposed on S Sreesanth. In the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League, major charges of match fixing were allegedly imposed on the cricketer. After considering a petition which was filed by Sreesanth in March, challenging the BCCI’s decision, the court took this crucial decision of lifting the ban from him.
In May 2013, Sreesanth was suspended from the team and an inquiry was ordered following his arrest by Delhi police. Without even giving him a single chance of hearing an initial report was submitted by the inquiry team led by BCCI president in June 2013. BCCI also issued him a show cause notice. Later a ban was imposed on him from playing at international competitions and at games conducted by clubs and institutions affiliated to it, as per the report.
BCCI’s affidavit to the court had stated,
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 for violating the internal disciplinary rules of an organization.
BCCI was aware of the sessions court’s decision of lifting the ban. However, a working committee of BCCI that met at a later point of time decided not to lift the ban, the affidavit had mentioned, as per the report.