Bookie Sanjeev Chawla, key accused in 2000 match-fixing scandal, extradited from UK to India

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In a significant success for Delhi Police, bookie Sanjeev Chawla, one of many principal accused within the 2000 cricket match-fixing scandal, has been extradited to India from London, United Kingdom. Chawla was escorted by Delhi Police officers from London to New Delhi on Thursday (February 13). The 2020 match-fixing scandal concerned a number of huge cricketers, together with then South Africa captain Hansie Cronje, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar.

Chawla’s extradition is the primary high-profile extradition of its type beneath the India-UK Extradition Treaty, signed by the 2 nations in 1992. Chawla is accused of taking part in a key function in fixing matches throughout South African tour to India in February-March 2000 along with Cronje, the late South African cricket group captain. Besides Cronje, another South African cricketers like Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje have been additionally named as accused within the match-fixing scandal.

Chawla had been living in London since 1996 and his passport was declared invalid in 2000 after he did not return to India to face questioning in reference to the match-fixing scandal. Chawla, nevertheless, managed to get UK passport in 2005 and was living in London.

On January 16, 2020, Chawla was refused permission to attraction his extradition throughout a listening to and few days in the past the European Court of Human Rights had refused to intervene on this matter. On January 23, the order was handed by a UK court docket to extradite Chawla to India inside 28 days. Sources advised Zee Media that Chawla might be lodged within the Tihar Jail.

The extradition request was made by Indian authorities on February 1, 2016 and it was licensed by the Home Secretary on March 11, 2016. Chawla’s case was initially heard by the Westminster magistrates court docket and later by the excessive court docket.