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He said there were allegations that Rs 10 lakh was paid to Sreesanth for conceding 14 runs in his second over in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab at Mohali in May 2013. Representing Sreesanth, his lawyer Salman Khurshid had argued that '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'.

The Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth, along with cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, and others on charges of spot-fixing.

Thereafter, in August a year ago, a single judge of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban and set aside all proceedings by the BCCI.

Including Sreesanth, 36 people were accused in the spot-fixing case, and were later discharged by a Patiala House court in July, 2015.

The court said that harsh punishment of life ban should not be imposed in all cases. The Delhi Police had subsequently challenged the decision in Delhi High Court.

The top court added, "Sreesanth will get the opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of punishment".

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BCCI acting president C K Khanna made it clear that it will be completely CoA's call as the onus is on it to implement the apex court's order. "The Supreme Court has given me a lifeline and it has helped me restore my dignity", he said after the court delivered the verdict on Friday.

"This is a Supreme Court order and obviously a call needs to be taken".

The Supreme Court Bench, which also included Justice KM Joseph, had on 1 March reserved its order on the appeal against the Karala High Court order affirming the life ban imposed by the BCCI.

Speaking to media after the release to the decision in his favour, Sreesanth said, "I don't know what life has in store for me after all these years".

Jan 30, 2019: The Supreme Court questions Sreesanth about why he didn't inform the BCCI that he was being approached for alleged spot-fixing in 2013.


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