I Was Innocent and Still Tortured by Police: S Sreesanth

S Sreesanth, the fiery pacer was banned by BCCI due to match fixing and was later found Innocent. Due to this fact, he has appealed to revoke the ban imposed on him. 

Sreesanth came out on Wednesday tosay that it was “completely unfair” by BCCI to wrongfully accuse him. He was “continuously tortured” by Delhi Police in custody to extract a confession .

BCCI disciplinary comittee banned Sreesanth on the grounds of a match fixing scandal. The judgement was passed on september in 2013. Including him 2 other Rajasthan players also got banned on the same case. They were Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

But after years of trial, it was proved due to lack of evidence that S Sresanth was innocent under MCOCA act. This was the same act passed by the Government to tackle terrorism, organised crimes and syndicates.

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But BCCI did not revoke the ban imposed on him. Despite being given a clean sheet , he was not allowed to play professional cricket for 4 years. But Sreesanth has not given up his hopes yet and has being trying various legal ways.

Last year, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had restored the life ban imposed on him. This led him to challenge the decision in the high court. It looks like Sreesanth wants to come out clean from the scandal. His council challenged that their client has suffered a lot in the last 5-6 years despite proved innocent. 

Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, standing for Sreesanth, told the bench 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. He has suffered for the last five-six years. People want him to play cricket. He was extremely loyal to BCCI.

‘No Evidence was Found’

On the basis of the spot-fixing was done in the match played between IPL teams Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in May 2013 , they told no evidence was found.

They said :

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 lawyer further spoke about Sreesanth’s confession, saying, “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.

‘No hard convincing proof against Sreesanth’

Khursid mentioned on the basis of the allegations made by BCCI many evidence was found in the favor of the player. Even the recorded telephonic conversations were not provided to him during the inquiry proceedings by BCCI’s disciplinary committee. There is no solid evidence to proof that Sreesanth had received money for conceding 14 runs in an over during the IPL match in Mohali.

He defended Sreesanth by saying that as per allegations, the bowler was supposed to concede 14 runs in an over but he gave away 13 runs. 

On Thursday , Supreme court has posted another hearing. The Commitee of Administrators or COA of BCCI will dvance the proceedings on their behalf on that day.