Bookie Sanjeev Chawla extradited from UK

Bookie Sanjeev Chawla extradited from UK

Agency News

New Delhi, Feb 13: Sanjeev Chawla, an alleged bookie accused in the 2000 match fixing scandal, which shook the entire cricket fraternity and involved late South African captain Hansie Cronje, was extradited from the United Kingdom on Thursday morning, Delhi Police confirmed.

According to a police official, a crime branch team headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police had gone to London, to bring in the high-profile accused. He was currently being questioned by the officers. The 50-year-old British national was accused of acting as a link between Cronje and bookies, who wanted to fix cricket matches in early 2000. The right-handed batsman, Cronje, was accused of fixing matches. Later, he died in a plane crash in 2002.

Police had filed an FIR in connection with the crime, after they claimed to have intercepted a telephonic conversation between Cronje and Chawla, regarding match fixing. Chawla approached the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to avoid his extradition last week, but ECHR rejected his application and paved the way for him being put on a flight to India. The High Court also rejected his appeal on human rights grounds and on January 23, set a 28- day deadline for his extradition to India. A two-member High Court panel said they accepted the assurances given by India that Chawla would be kept alone in prison, under proper "safety and security'. (UNI)