Former Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth told supreme court that there’s no evidence of corruption against him and that Delhi police’s torture in the custody led to the confession about his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case.
He also said that the BCCI’s lifetime ban on him was too harsh and ‘complete unfair’. He was banned by BCCI’s disciplinary committee back in 2013 along with two other players, but he was later given a clean chit by Delhi trial court due to insufficient evidence about his involvement.
However, BCCI has still not lifted the lifetime ban they imposed on S Sreesanth and because of that, he has not been able to return to international cricket. Back in 2018, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had restored the life ban imposed on him, which resulted in Sreesanth taking legal action and challenging it in the supreme court.
“In the context of facts and manner in which these things have happened, this court should consider that it (life ban on Sreesanth by BCCI) is unfair. He has suffered for the last five-six years. People want him to play cricket. He was extremely loyal to BCCI,” senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sreesanth, told the bench.
“The team (Rajasthan Royals) and its owners were banned for two years only. It is completely unfair that this (life ban) has happened with him (Sreesanth),” Khurshid said.
“The confession was due to continuous torture by Delhi Police. According to Sreesanth, police had threatened to implicate his family if he does not confess to the crime.” He said.
Meanwhile, BCCI would begin its response in the case on February 28.