| New Delhi |
Published: February 15, 2020 2:25:58 am
The Delhi High Court on Friday placed on maintain the trial courtroom’s order that allowed a 12-day police custody of Sanjeev Chawla, the important thing accused within the 2000 cricket match-fixing scandal involving late South African captain Hansie Cronje. The HC despatched Chawla to Tihar jail till further discover.
Justice Anu Malhotra directed the Delhi Police Crime Branch, in whose custody Chawla was remanded in Thursday, to lodge him on the Tihar jail “in terms of the said Letters of Assurance of the Ministry of Home Affairs… till further direction of this court”.
It additionally issued discover to the Home Ministry, to make sure the presence and illustration on their behalf on the difficulty on February 19, the following date of listening to.
Challenging his 12 days of police remand, senior counsel Vikas Pahwa and advocates Vineet Malhotra and Hemant Shah, urged the High Court to put aside a trial courtroom’s order, remanding him to police custody and despatched him to Tihar jail, holding his custody to the police as “illegal and unlawful”. Pahwa argued, Chawla is a British National and whereas in search of extradition, “diplomatic assurances dated 28.02.2017, 22.09.2017 and 11.06.2018 were given by the Government of India to the Governemnt of UK”.
“As per Letter of Assurance of Government of India, the accused has to be kept at Tihar Jail Complex during the pre-trial detention and in the event of prison sentence upon conviction,” the courtroom was informed.
“Assurances given by the Government of India are solemn and sovereign,” the counsel argued. Taking word of which, Justice Malhotra directed the counsel for the Delhi police to make sure that Chawla is taken to Tihar jail instantly. His counsel additionally argued that “the petitioner was extradited only to face trial and not for investigation.”
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