S. Sreesanth vs The Board of Control for Cricket in India - Important Supreme Court Judgment 2019

S. Sreesanth vs The Board of Control for Cricket in India - Important Supreme Court Judgment 2019


On 15th March, 2019, in the case of S. Sreesanth v. The Board of Control for Cricket in India & Ors. [Civil Appeal No.2424 of 2019], where proceedings were drawn by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against the appellant-cricketer for indulging in spot-fixing during matches of IPL (a professional Twenty20 cricket league), and life ban was imposed upon the appellant for offences under Article 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3 and 2.1.4 of Anti-Corruption Code of BCCI, the Supreme Court held that in the disciplinary proceedings so held “the principles of natural justice were not violated” and the conclusions drawn by the disciplinary committee of the BCCI “cannot be said to be suffering from any infirmity which may warrant judicial review by the constitutional courts.”


However, the Supreme Court also held that “in cases where offences under Article 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3 and 2.1.4 are proved, the disciplinary committee is not obliged to award a life time ban in all cases where such offences are proved” and discretion “has to be exercised on relevant facts and circumstances.” It was further held that the order of disciplinary committee did “not advert to the aggravating and mitigating factors as enumerated in Articles 6.1.1 and 6.1.2” and “without considering the relevant provisions of Anti-Corruption Code, the disciplinary committee” had “imposed a life time ban on the appellant which sanction cannot be held to be in accordance with the Anti-Corruption Code itself.”


Accordingly, the Supreme Court set aside the order of “the disciplinary committee only to the extent of imposing sanction of life time ban” with direction that “the disciplinary committee of the BCCI may reconsider the quantum of punishment/sanction which may be imposed on the appellant as per Article 6 of the Anti-Corruption Code.”

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