SC verdict on Sreesanth appeal on Friday

The 35-year-old cricketer, one of the characters in the IPL spot-fixing scandal of 2013, had challenged the decision in the top court in February.

The BCCI had told the Supreme Court that the life ban imposed for Sreesanth's alleged involvement in spot-fixing was “fully sustainable in law”.   -  FILE PHOTO/S. MAHINSA

The Supreme Court is all set to pronounce its verdict, on Friday, on an appeal by tainted cricketer S. Sreesanth against the Kerala High Court judgement upholding ban on him.

The 35-year-old cricketer, one of the characters in the IPL spot-fixing scandal of 2013, had challenged the decision in the top court.

The BCCI had told the Supreme Court that the life ban imposed for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing was “fully sustainable in law”.

"Life ban given to Mohammed Azharuddin (former India captain) was overturned. Pakistan’s Salim Malik got a life ban but it was overturned. Hansie Cronje was given life ban but he died in a plane crash when proceedings were not closed," senior advocate Salman Khurshid, for Sreesanth, had told Bench of Justices Ashoka Bhushan and K.M. Joseph.

Khurshid argued that despite the ban and losing the best part of his career, Sreesanth has remained loyal to the BCCI and wants to "reconnect" with the Board.

"What about effort to fix?” Justice Bhushan asked.

"If at all he is guilty of anything, it is for failure to disclose about fixing, etc, despite having knowledge. That will make him guilty only of the least punishable offence. There is nothing on record to warrant a lifetime ban”,Khurshid had replied.

(With inputs from PTI)

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