Ever since Sreesanth appeared on the reality show of Bigg Boss, he broke his silence over the darkest day of his life. His involvement in the match-fixing fiasco haunts him and the actor-cum-sportsman continues to challenge his punishment through a legal battle. It was in December 2018, when the Supreme Court accepted Sreesanth’s appeal against his lifetime ban followed by a hearing which was slated to happen in the last week on January 2019. As scheduled, Sreesanth presented himself at the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
According to a report in Business Standard, the Supreme Court commenced the proceeding by questioning Sreesanth for not immediately raising his voice and bringing it to the notice of BCCI, that he was being approached by the bookies for spot-fixing during an IPL match in 2013. The court further termed his conduct as ‘not good’ for not bringing it to the notice of the BCCI. Sreesanth told the Supreme Court that he initially accepted guilty in front of the Special Cell of Delhi Police in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, in order to escape continuous police torture.
The banned cricketer presented his stance to the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph, saying that the ban imposed on him by the officials was extremely harsh and that there’s not enough proof to back up their claims of him being involved in the spot-fixing controversy. Sreesanth further revealed that the bookie tried to drag him in the fiasco but he didn’t fall for his trap. To add to Sreesanth’s justification, his lawyer presented the Malayalam script of the alleged telephonic conversation between him and the bookie.
Parag Tripathi, a senior advocate of BCCI’s CoA, raised an issue doubting the authenticity of the translation of Sreesanth’s telephonic conversation and requested to file a reply on the same. The bench of officials have asked Tripathi to file his response and pushed the case for a further hearing that will take place on February 20, 2019.