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Bookie Sanjeev Chawla, the prime accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, was brought to India from Britain

In a major breakthrough for the Delhi Police, bookie Sanjeev Chawla, one of the main accused in the 2000 cricket match fixing scandal, has been extradited from London, United Kingdom to India.  Chawla was transported from Londo…





 In a major breakthrough for the Delhi Police, bookie Sanjeev Chawla, one of the main accused in the 2000 cricket match fixing scandal, has been extradited from London, United Kingdom to India.  Chawla was transported from London to New Delhi by Delhi Police officials on Thursday (13 February).  The 2020 match-fixing scandal involved several big cricketers, including South African captain Hansi Cronje, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar.

 Chawla's extradition is the first high-profile extradition of its kind under the Indo-UK extradition treaty, which was signed by both nations in 1992.  Chawla is accused of playing an important role in match-fixing during the South African tour in India in February-March 2000.  Along with Cronje, the late South African cricket team captain Herschelle Gibbs and some other South African cricketers like Nikki Boje were also accused in the match fixing scandal.

 Chawla had been living in London since 1996 and his passport was declared invalid in 2000 after he failed to return to India for questioning in a match-fixing case.  However, Chawla managed to obtain a UK passport in 2005 and was living in London.

 On January 16, 2020, Chawla was refused to appeal his extradition during a hearing and a few days earlier the European Human Rights Court refused to intervene in the case.  On 23 January, an order to extradite Chawla to India within 28 days was passed by a UK court.  Sources said that Chawla will remain lodged in Tihar Jail.

 The extradition request was made by the Government of India on February 1, 2016 and it was certified by the Home Secretary on March 11, 2016.  Chawla's case was initially heard by the Westminster magistrate court and later by the High Court.

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