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Spot fixing case: Supreme Court to announce verdict on S Sreesanth appeal on Friday

The Supreme Court is set to announce its verdict on Friday (15 March) on an appeal by S Sreesanth against Kerala High Court judgment upholding the ban on him.

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The Supreme Court is set to announce its verdict on Friday (15 March) on an appeal by S Sreesanth against Kerala High Court judgment upholding the ban on him.

During the 2013 IPL Season, the cricketer was slapped with a life ban after his alleged involvement in spot-fixing. In 2015, he was acquitted by a trial court.

However, a single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban by BCCI, but a division bench of the high court had restored it. Sreesanth then challenged the division bench's decision in the Supreme Court.

On 27 February, the hearing of the case was held in the Supreme Court and Sreesanth claimed that the life ban is completely unfair. According to a PTI report, his counsel told a bench of justices that there was 'no clear proof' of match-fixing, and Sreesanth suffered a lot in the past five-six years.

Senior Advocate, Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sreesanth, told the bench, "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."

He further added, "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)."

Regarding Sreesanth’s confession about his involvement, the lawyer 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."

(With PTI Inputs)

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