Sreesanth life ban revoked, Supreme Court asks BCCI to revisit quantum of punishment

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 11:35 IST Superme Court revoked the life ban imposed by BCCI on S Sreesanth (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Sumpreme Court set aside Sreesanth’s life ban for his alleged involvement in IPL spot-fixing scandalSumpreme Court told BCCI disciplinary committee to reconsider quantum of punishment within three monthsThe apex court made it clear that Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heardIn a huge relief for S Sreesanth, the Superme Court on Friday revoked the life ban imposed on the cricketer by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and asked the board to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment given to him within 3 months.A bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked the BCCI to reconsider its order of life ban imposed on Sreesanth following the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League in 2013.The apex court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.The bench passed this order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.Last month, Sreesanth told the Supreme Court that he had “stubbornly” refused to be involved in match-fixing during 2013 IPL and referred to the transcript of the recorded conversation to back his assertion.Relief for Sreesanth: SC revokes life ban imposed by BCCI #ITVideoMore videos: Today (@IndiaToday) March 15, 2019Referring to the transcript of the recorded telephonic conversation, which says that “I am stubborn and nothing will happen”, the former cricketer challenging the lifetime ban on him from playing cricket told the bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice K.M. Joseph that the material relied on by the BCCI to hold him guilty was not given to him.advertisementThe former cricketer, who was banned for life for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during 2013 IPL, had told the court in the last hearing on January 30 that the bookie tried to drag him into spot-fixing but he did not fall for it.As senior counsel, Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sreesanth, told the bench that the report of the preliminary inquiry was not given to him, the court said that he had the report which he got from other sources.Khurshid said that he had the report but he was not told by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which part of the report the apex cricketing body was going to rely on against him.The court was told that at no stage the BCCI had asked him what he had to say about the alleged material including the offer of Rs 10 lakh being cited against him.Questioning the material that was relied on against him, Sreesanth told the court: “I was charged with the most serious offence. I was convicted of the most serious offence but the standard of proof is that of the least serious offence.”Also Read | Slapping Sreesanth was a mistake, should never have done that: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Supreme Court asks why Sreesanth didn’t inform BCCI about being approached for spot-fixingAlso Read | The rise and fall of SreesanthFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow SreesanthFollow Sreesanth banned for lifeFollow BCCIFollow S. SreesanthFollow CricketFollow Board of Control for Cricket in IndiaFollow Supreme Court of IndiaFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow Spot fixingFollow Spot fixing in IPL Sreesanth life ban revoked, Supreme Court asks BCCI to revisit quantum of punishmentThe Supreme Court asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to reconsider its order of life ban on cricketer S Sreesanth.advertisementlast_img read more

Learn 2 Fish Program is for Children and Families

first_imgAll ages can benefit from expanded Learn 2 Fish programs being offered this spring around the province. For the first time, a community event for adults and children is being offered in each recreational fishing area. Learn 2 Fish teaches the basics of sportfishing, along with ethics and environmental stewardship. “Learn 2 Fish is one of our department’s most popular programs, reflecting the overall interest in sportfishing,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “These sessions help to interest younger Nova Scotians in angling and can plant the seeds for a lifelong love of the outdoors that will ensure sportfishing continues to benefit the economy of our rural communities.” The free community sessions are organized by staff of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture or volunteers from local sportfishing organizations. Participants will be shown how to assemble basic tackle, casting with both open and closed-face reels and proper handling for catch-and-release. They will be able to keep their fish if they choose. All ages are welcome and early arrival is recommended as participation is on a first come, first served basis. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. This initiative builds on the success of Learn 2 Fish for school-aged groups. More than 15,000 youth have gained introductory angling skills since the program began in 2006. The program is for youth from grades 4 to high school, and includes 4-H Clubs, scouts and guides and others. Volunteers and staff will be running these sessions in May and June, based on strong enrolment from February. The Learn 2 Fish program is supported by the three provincial hatcheries, which stock the lake or pond with trout so that youth are more likely to catch a fish. If you cannot make it to a community Learn 2 Fish session, you can always take your family fishing at a stocked lake. Check out for a weekly update. Community Learn 2 Fish Sessions are scheduled for: South Ohio, Yarmouth County, a private pond at 533 Highway #340, on May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Upper Tantallon, Halifax Regional Municipality, Jerry Lawrence Park, 4775 St. Margarets Bay Rd, May 27, from noon to 2 p.m. with partner Five Bridges Heritage Trust St. Croix, Hants Co., St. Croix Pond, Ball Park Road, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with partner Hants West Wildlife Association Glace Bay, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, #20 Dam, John Bernard Croak Memorial Park, 53 Beacon St., June 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. with partner Port Morien Wildlife Association Truro, Kiwanis Pond, 32 Juniper St., June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Trenton, Trenton Park, 119 Park Rd., June 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more details, call 902-485-7021.last_img read more