Throwing his weight behind S. Sreesanth Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said it was wrong on the BCCI’s part to continue the ban on the bowler after a Delhi Court dropped criminal charges against him in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing ase.
“No injustcie should be meted out,” Chandy said supporting Sreesanth, who is seeking to resume his career after spending two years in wilderness. “I don’t think the BCCI’s position on this issue is correct. He was discharged in the spot-fixing case by the court. In such a situation, the Indian board should accept the verdict and lift their ongoing ban,” Chandy told PTI here.
Last month Patiala House Court in New Delhi dischagred all 36 accused person including Sreesanth , spinner Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan from IPL -6 spot fixing case. But, BCCI denied to lift their ongoing ban.
“Ours is a democracy. In all aspects of our polity, there is a system of checks and balances…In view of the court decision favouring Sreesanth, the Board should accept his right to return to mainstream cricket. But the Board is taking a different approach…It is wrong. Sreesanth should get justice,” the Chief Minister said when asked about the BCCI’s decision.
The Kerala Cricket Association had requested BCCI to allow Sreesanth to play first class cricket. But, board secretary Anurag Thakur snapped their request said there will be no rethink on the life ban of the crickter.
“The earlier decision of BCCI’s disciplinary committee ban on this case will stay on,” Thakur had said.
“Disciplinary proceedings are different, criminal proceedings are different. The action taken in the past were based on the disciplinary action for the indiscipline of these players, reports submitted by the the anti-corruption unit. So the same decision of ban will continue on these players,” he further stated.
The trio had served jail terms during the course of investigation. While Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan serving the life ban imposed by BCCI, Ajit Chandila’s hearing is still on.
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