The temperamental offie was banned for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season after being found guilty of slapping Sreesanth by the match referee Farookh Engineer.
Mumbai Indians' make-shift skipper Harbhajan reportedly slapped Mohali cricketer Sreesanth after being provoked by churlish seamer from Kerala April 25
Harbhajan appeared before the BCCI's three-member Disciplinary Panel headed by president Sharad Pawar in Mumbai. The committee invoked rule 3.2(1) of the BCCI regulations to ban Harbhajan. "Under this provision, the maximum punishment that can be meted out to a player is 'a ban up to a maximum of 5 ODIs and / or 3 Test matches'," a release from the board said.
BCCI President Sharad Pawar explained the BCCI had acted as per the rules, but maintained that another act of indiscipline could end Harbhajan's career.
"Further instance of misconduct will invoke a life ban for Harbhajan," Pawar told reporters after coming out of the meeting.
FIve-ODI ban means he will miss India's forthcoming tri-series in Bangladesh and the start of the Asia Cup in Pakistan.
BCCI-appointed commissioner Nanavati, who was also present at the meeting, yesterday told that he took utmost care while preparing his report.
"I was under tension while making the report not because of the subject, but because the issue that I was investigating was very sensitive. So many eyes were on me. I can't afford to make any mistakes", Nanavati told reporters.
"I was very cautious while drafting the report. I have written each and every word carefully and I can justify every sentence in the report," said the Ahmedabad-based lawyer.
Nanavati had said he was satisfied with the answers given by both the players and did not feel the need to question anybody else.