Sanjeev Chawla, alleged bookie in 2000 match-fixing scandal, extradited from London
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The key accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal involving South African cricket superstars Sanjeev Chawla has been extradited from London and brought to New Delhi on Thursday.
The 50-year-old British national is expected to undergo the required medical examinations before being taken to Tihar Jail.
He is accused of acting as a link between South African cricketer Hanse Cronje, several Indian cricketers and bookies who wanted to fix the matches in the early 2000s.
Chawla, whose Indian passport was revoked in 2000, was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in 2003. In 2005, he got UK passport and has since been a British citizen.
He met former South African captain Hanse Cronje in January-February in 2000 and conspired to fix cricket matches in exchange for payment.
However, the scandal was broken in April 2000 when the Delhi Police intercepted a conversation between blacklisted bookie Chawla and Cronje, in which it was learnt that the South African captain had accepted money to lose matches.
He was arrested in June 14, 2016 following India's request for his extradition, and UK officials then asked Delhi Police for details of security arrangements and facilities in the jail he will be kept in. This was done after Chawla raised several questions about security and facilities in Indian jails.
The UK High Court had dispatched a sealed envelope to Home Department to take a final call on Chawla, whose appeal against extradition was turned down by two judges of the High Court on Thursday, sources, quoted by news agency IANS, said.
Chawla is the second person to be extradited from London since UK signed an extradition treaty with India in 1992.
Sources further said that Chawla operated one of the biggest betting syndicates in late 1990s under the patronage of Mumbai-based business tycoons and operatives of D-Company.
While Chawla fixed matches through top cricketers in South Africa, India, Pakistan and other countries, D-Company ensured that bids are settled smoothly through overseas hawala transactions. The spot fixing scandal was patronised by D-Company boss Dawood Ibrahim and his lieutenant Chhota Shakeel.
According to a Daily Mail report, for the past ten years Chawla has been living with his wife Deepika and their two young sons in a one million pound rented six-bedroom property in Temple Fortune, north London. He runs a catering business in Kennington, south-east London.
(With IANS inputs)
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