Wanted bookie Sanjeev Chawla extradited from UK

Sanjeev Chawla and Hansie Cronje- IANS

The 50-year-old British national is a key accused in the match-fixing scandal involving former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje in 2000.

The Daily Mail has learned that a file prepared by Delhi's Crime Branch is said to reveal that a number of Indian cricketers were visiting Chawla at his North London home address.

Hours after suspected bookie Sanjeev Chawla moved the Delhi High Court to challenge his 12-day custodial remand Friday, the court sent him to Tihar prison till further orders.

Chawla's removal to India was the first high-profile extradition of its kind under the India-UK Extradition Treaty which was signed in 1992.

The Delhi police charge sheet reveals that phone number of Krishna Kumar (of T-Series music group) one of the associates of Sanjeev Chawla, was directly linked with a phone number of Saheen Haithley, an alleged member of underworld operating from Dubai in early 2000.

"As Chawla had slipped to London, he could not be interrogated and subsequently the CDRs connecting the then Indian cricketers with the global bookie was not pursued", a former commissioner of Delhi police told IANS. In January 2019, the Westminster Magistrates' Court, which had blocked the extradition in 2017 on human interest grounds, eventually asked Javid's office to take the final decision. Last week, the European Court of Human Rights, also rejected his appeal, clearing the decks for his extradition.

He had approached the Strasbourg, France, based ECHR on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights, to which the United Kingdom is a signatory and relied on Article 3, relating to prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment, of convention in his plea.

On Thursday, Chawla landed in Delhi accompanied by the team of the Delhi police's crime branch.

In India, he will be lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail. India has also made guarantees on medical facilities and protection from intra-prisoner violence in Delhi's Tihar Jail, where he is to be held ahead of his trial. Subsequently, batsman Herschelle Gibbs and bowler Henry Williams were banned for six months each and fined by South African authorities for their part in the scandal.



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