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Bookie Sanjeev Chawla Extradited From UK By Delhi Police

From years, match-fixing has been a big digging hole in the cricketing world. There have been several cases reported of players fixing matches in exchange of hefty money. Something similar happened in 2000 when the Hansie Cronje match-fixing saga took place. Inspector Keshav Mathur had filed a 70-page charge sheet where he had named former South African captain Hansie Cronje for fixing ODI matches between India and South Africa between February 16, 2000, to March 20, 2000.

The scandal broke when Delhi Police intercepted calls between Cronje and Chawla where it was learned that the former had taken money to lose matches. DCP (crime branch) Ram Gopal Naik, who was sent to London for the completion of the proceed revealed to Indian Express that an in-depth investigation will be done where former cricketers, whose name surfaced during that time could well be questioned again.

“We will do an in-depth and thorough investigation and are likely to question all the former Indian cricketers whose names surfaced during that time regarding their alleged roles in the match-fixing case,” he said as quoted by The Indian Express.

“Mathur had also initiated Chawla’s extradition proposal and is aware of all case-related documents,” a senior police officer said.

After Chawla [50] filed an application in the UK High Court seeking leave to appeal against the extradition order by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, UK home secretary Sajid Javid signed off District Judge’s order in favour of the extradition. Delhi Police Crime Branch has attended numerous court hearings in the extradition case in the past two months and on Thursday, Scotland Yard officers duly handed over Chawla’s custody following the completion of the formalities.