Indian accused in 2000 match-fixing scandal arrested in UK

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Hansie Cronje admitted taking £6000 from Sanjeev Chawla for match fixing. 

Sanjeev Chawla, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, was arrested in London in June following an extradition request from India, the Indian Express has reported.

Chawla’s case will be heard in London on October 3, even as the UK’s Crown Protection Services (CPS) has written to Delhi Police asking for details about the security arrangements and facilities in the prison in which Chawla will be kept.

“The arrest was made following the Indian government’s extradition request. He faces charges of fixing cricket matches between India and South Africa in 2000,” Yasser Mehmood, press officer of the CPS, told the Indian Express. “Chawla’s case will be heard at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on October 3.”

Chawla, along with former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje, was named in Delhi Police’s chargesheet filed in July 2013 for fixing matches between February and March 2000. The scandal came to light in April 2000 after Delhi Police got hold of a taped conversation between Cronje and Chawla in a conspiracy related to “match-fixing and betting” during South Africa’s tour of India in 2000.

Cronje, who died in a plane crash in June 2002, later admitted that he had received 6000 pounds from Chawla for providing personal favours in a Test against England in Centurion in January 2000, in which he forfeited South Africa’s second innings in a rain-affected match. Chawla was also named in the King commission’s report that had investigated Cronje’s activities.

In January 2001, Chawla was arrested by Scotland Yard in North London in connection with alleged match-fixing, and was also accused of offering money to two England players to underperform in a Test match against New Zealand at Old Trafford in 1999. In June that year, he was released as there was “insufficient evidence” to prove the charges against him.

The other bookmakers and gamblers listed in the Delhi Police’s 2013 chargesheet were Rajesh Kalra, Krishan Kumar, Sunil Dara and Manmohan Khattar.

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