2000 Match-fixing Controversy: Mastermind Sanjeev Chawla extradited from UK

A Delhi court on Thursday reserved order on the police plea seeking 14-day custodial interrogation of Sanjeev Chawla, an alleged bookie and key accused in one of the cricket’s biggest match-fixing scandal that involved former South African captain Hansie Cronje.

Additional Cheif Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhir Kumar Sirohi is to pronounce the order shortly.

The police told the court that Chawla, extradited from London on Thursday, was involved in fixing of five matches and has to be taken to various places and confronted with certain people in order to unearth a larger conspiracy.

Cronje, who died in a plane crash in 2002, was also involved, police told the court. Chawla is alleged to have played a central role in the conspiring the Cronje to fix South African tour to India in February-March 2000.

The British Court documents say Chawla is a Delhi-born businessman who moved to the United Kingdom on a business visa in 1996 but continued to make trips to India.

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