The BCCI ACU will follow up on Sanjeev Chawla, match-fixing accuser
NEW DELHI: Control Board for Cricket in the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of India (BCCI) will follow up on those accused of match-fixing Sanjeev Chawla who was taken to New Delhi on Wednesday after his extradition from London.
Our officers who are in Delhi will be associated with it and they will also follow up. If they (Delhi Police) allow us, we would like to talk to Sanjeev Chawla. If we get permission, we will definitely talk to him. officer we have in Delhi was associated with this case and he is now with BCCI which will help us, ACU chief Ajeet Singh told ANI.
When asked if both the Delhi Police and BCCI will analyze the matter, Singh said: We cannot say it. It depends on the Delhi Police. He is in your custody and we cannot take it for granted, but we definitely contact them.
On Thursday, Chawla was sent to 12-day police custody by the Patiala House Court in Delhi.
First, it must be interrogated extensively to discover all the conspiracy. All defendants involved in India or abroad must be identified. He must be taken to Cochin, Jamshedpur, Faridabad, Vadodra, Nagpur Mumbai and Bangalore for investigation. Detailed interrogations and confrontations with other accused persons will be carried out to completely unearth the conspiracy of match-fixing, the Delhi police crime court told the court.
The match-fixing racket was arrested by the Delhi police in 2000.
Denouncing Chawla as the main conduit in the settlement of matches in the India-South Africa cricket series in 2000, the Delhi Police Crime Division had sought custody of Chawla for 14 days. However, additional chief metropolitan magistrate Sudhir Kumar Sirohi allowed the Delhi police to interrogate Chawla for only 12 days.
Speaking to reporters, the DCP Crime Branch Ram Gopal Naik had said that there were six defendants on the charge sheet of which three were arrested.
The other two accused were Sanjeev Chawla and Manohar Khattar . Khattar is in the United States according to our information, Naik had said.
Former South African captain Hansie Cronje , who later died in a plane crash, had also been named on the charge sheet.
In the India vs. South Africa series, five one-day games and three Test matches were played. ODI matches were played in Cochin, Jamshedpur, Faridabad, Vadodra and Nagpur, while the test matches were played in Mumbai and Bangalore.
The accused Sanjeev Kumar Chawla played the main conduit in the above match-fixing and while committing the above-said crime he stayed in the same hotels where the teams were staying. He had given money, mobile phone and also transferred money in accounts of accused Hansie Cronje. He was in regular contact with other three accused persons and many others, the Crime Branch had told the court.
Prosecutors Atul Kumar Shrivastava and Anil Paswan He told the court that the defendant is required to face evidence regarding the settlement of five ODI parties and some trial parties that took place in 2000.
Advocates Vineet Malhotra and Hemant Shah appeared for Sanjeev Chawla and opposed the Delhi Police plea seeking custodial interrogation stating that the chargesheet has been filed in the case.
The lawyers also said that under the terms and conditions of extradition, the government has assured that Chawla will only remain in Tihar prison.