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. Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment, the court said.
The Supreme Court made it clear its order will not impact the criminal proceedings now pending against Sreesanth in the Delhi High Court. The Delhi Police had subsequently challenged the decision in Delhi High Court.
"The order dated 13.09.2013 of the disciplinary committee only to the extent of imposing sanction of lifetime ban is set aside". I don't think even if the ban is lifted he can play first-class cricket. "It is not just about playing for the country, but it is about getting the respect back", he tells PTI. Sreesanth then moved the top court challenging the Kerala High Court order upholding the lifetime ban on him. Khurshid argued that Sreesanth should have been penalised with a five-year ban at the most for not reporting the approach made by bookies, an offence under the BCCI's code of conduct. He was responding to media after Supreme Court cancelled his life ban in the spot fixing case and asked BCCI to reconsider the punishment on Friday.
On May 15, 2018, BCCI opposed the plea by Sreesanth seeking a relaxation of the ban to allow him to play in county cricket in England.
The pacer had earlier contested the life ban imposed on him, terming it "completely unfair" and he also claimed Delhi Police tortured and threatened him to implicate his family in the case him. The apex court observes that Sreesanth's conduct, who is facing a life ban for his alleged involvement in the sensational spot-fixing scandal, in the entire episode was "not good".