Speaking to PTI after a favourable verdict by the apex court on Friday, a relieved Sreesanth said: "I don't know what life has in store for me after all these years".
The Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth and his two other Rajasthan Royals' teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, on the charge of spot-fixing during the IPL in May 2013. In August 2017, the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth and also set aside all proceedings against him. And in order to "confirm the fix", he was "required to place a hand towel in his visible pocket while ensuring there was no such towel during the first over".
S Sreesanth's worldwide career was jeopardized when he was charged for spot-fixing during the IPL 6 in 2013.
The pacer had earlier contested the life ban imposed on him, terming it "completely unfair" and he also claimed Delhi Police tortured and threatened him to implicate his family in the case him.
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February 5, 2018: The Supreme Court issues notice to the BCCI to respond within four weeks to the petition filed by Sreesanth.
Sreesanth gained a lot of fans with the reality show and seems like the love and prayers of thousands of his fans have been heard as supreme court have cancelled the ban that BCCI have imposed on him. The apex court observes that Sreesanth's conduct, who is facing a life ban for his alleged involvement in the sensational spot-fixing scandal, in the entire episode was "not good". The two-judge division bench had ruled that the BCCI ban could not be overturned or reduced.
In its judgement, the court concluded that BCCI had "not violated" any principles of natural justice while determining the sanction.
"Without considering the relevant provisions of Anti-Corruption Code, the disciplinary committee has imposed a lifetime ban on the appellant [Sreesanth] which sanction can not be held to be in accordance with the Anti-Corruption Code itself", the court said in the 73-page judgement. I think it is the maximum period of a ban.
The top court, according to Livelaw website, directed the disciplinary committee of the BCCI to take a decision on the quantum of punishment within three months from today.