IPL Spot-fixing: Sreesanth likely to challenge life ban in court
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BCCI's three-member disciplinary committee on Friday handed life bans to Rajasthan Royals players Santhakumaran Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan for their role in the IPL-6 spot-fixing scandal.
Others who figured in the Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani's extensive probe report, published by The Indian Express on eve of the meeting and used as reference by the committee, got lighter sentences. Also read: Pity that Ankeet Chavan has been found guilty: MCA joint secretary
Siddharth Trivedi, who was named in the Rajasthan Royals team for the Champions League, got banned for a year. Former Royals player Amit Singh, described as a bookie/fixer by Sawani, has been asked to keep away from all cricket activities for the next five years. Twenty-one-year-old Harmeet Singh, part of the Under-19 World Cup winning squad, was let off with a warning because of lack of evidence. Also read: Didn't know they were bookies, says Harmeet Singh
Meanwhile, the decision on the sixth accused, Ajit Chandila, was put on hold as the Royals spinner couldn't be questioned by Sawani. Unlike Sreesanth and Chavan, Chandila spent an extended time in jail as he was refused bail. Now out, Chandila can be summoned by Sawani in the coming days. "Chandila was in jail and couldn't be spoken to. Our anti-corruption commissioner (Sawani) will look into his case," Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya said. Also read: BCCI slaps life ban on Sreesanth, Chavan; Harmeet Singh 'excused'
Sreesanth to move court
It is learnt that Sreesanth is likely to challenge the life ban in court.
"The IPL spot-fixing case is still in the courts and in such a scenario the BCCI's disciplinary panel should have waited for the final verdict before issuing any kind of sanction. The Ravi Sawani report is largely based on the version of the Delhi police, which has been questioned by the courts. Sreesanth will challenge the life ban," a source close to Sreesanth said.