Delhi court bails bookmaker Sanjeev Chawla in match-fixing case

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has released a suspected bookmaker and defendant on bail in one of the biggest match-fixing scandals involving the former captain of the South.

The special judge granted relief to Chawla for a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh with two guarantees of the same amount on April 30.

The court said the accused was in custody for the past 76 days and that the investigation was already complete in the case.

However, the court ordered him to give his voice and handwriting samples to the investigating officer of the case.

According to the police, Chawla, who was extradited from London In February, he participated in fixing five matches.

Cronje, who died in a plane crash in 2002, was also involved, police told the court.

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

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 travel to India.