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Bookie Sanjeev Chawla sent to 12-day police custody

Prime News, National and International Sport, Cricket, New Delhi, February 14:- Sanjeev Chawla, an alleged bookie and key accused in one of cricket’s biggest match-fixing scandals that involved former South African captain Hansie Cronje, was sent on Thursday to 12-day custodial interrogation by a Delhi court, noting the matter was to be probed further for which he has to be to various cities across the nation.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhir Kumar Sirohi sent Chawla, extradited from the United Kingdom, to 12-day custody after Delhi Police sought his 14-day custodial interrogation.

The court noted that as per September 22, 2017 Letter of Assurance to the UK, the Government of India had assured that the accused would be kept at Tihar jail complex during the pre-trial detention and upon conviction by a competent court.

It said however that “the stage of pre-trial does not include the stage of investigation and the police custody sought is not against the spirit of the letter of the government of India.”

“It is well-settled law that police does not require any permission from the court for further investigation and in this matter, the places like Kochi, Jamshedpur, Faridabad, Vadodara, Nagpur, Mumbai and Bengaluru are to be visited by the police and the matter is to be investigated further.

Therefore, in my considered opinion, the police custody of 12 days will suffice the purpose,” the judge said, directing the accused to be produced on February 25.

Chawla is alleged to have played a central role in conspiring with Cronje to fix a South African tour to India in February-March 2000.

The British court documents say Chawla is a Delhi-born businessman who moved to the United Kingdom on a business visa in 1996 but continued to make trips to India. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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