Delhi police challenge bail granted to bookie Sanjeev Chawla
Written by Pritam Pal Singh
| New Delhi |

Updated: May 2, 2020 11:46:38 pm


Sanjeev Chawla, Sanjeev Chawla extradition, 2000 cricket match-fixing scandal, 2000 match-fixing, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Ajay Sharma, Hansie Cronje, Herschelle Gibbs, indian express Extradited from the United Kingdom after 20 years, key accused within the 2000 match-fixing case Sanjeev Chawla had been granted bail by a trial court docket on April 30. (File Photo/ANI)

A day after a court docket granted bail to Sanjeev Chawla, key accused within the 2000 match-fixing scandal involving late South Africa captain Hansie Cronje, the police moved the Delhi High Court looking for a keep on the order.

Delhi Police’s attraction in opposition to the trial court docket’s April 30 order got here up for listening to earlier than Justice Asha Menon on Saturday, who after listening to arguments from each side, reserved the order.

The trial court docket had ordered Chawla’s launch on furnishing a private bond of Rs two lakh with two sureties.

Justice Menon, nevertheless, clarified that “in case the accused (Chawla) submits his bail bond and surety bonds, the Duty MM (Metropolitan Magistrate) will ensure that an undertaking is also simultaneously filed separately by the accused and sureties to the effect that they will be bound by the decision of this court.”

Senior counsel Vikas Pahwa and advocate Jagjit Nandal advised the court docket that the accused has been in judicial custody since February 12 and spent 76 days in jail.

Pahwa argued that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s danger of the accused getting contaminated with coronavirus in jail.

The Investigative Officer (IO) within the case has admitted that among the many different accused, Cronje is useless, three others are on bail whereas one – Manmohan Khattar – is absconding.

Police sought the cancellation of the bail order arguing that Chawla is a British nationwide and it took 20 years to carry him to India and there was the danger of the accused fleeing from justice.

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The police, in its plea filed via prosecutor Kewal Singh Ahuja, mentioned that the rules with respect to COVID-19 and launch of undertrial prisoners usually are not relevant to Chawla in gentle of his alleged function in match-fixing as he was the primary conduit within the conspiracy.

Pahwa opposed the police’s plea saying Chawla by no means utilized for bail in 60 days which confirmed he was cooperating with the prosecuting company. He added that the trial has been pending for seven years however prices haven’t been framed and it’ll take appreciable time to full the trial.

The trial court docket in its April 30 bail order noticed, “…in view of the fact that no cricket match was thrown/lost pursuant to alleged match-fixing, the applicant/accused Sanjeev Kumar Chawla is ordered to be released on bail…”

It, nevertheless, directed Chawla to give his voice pattern and hand writing specimen to the IO. It additionally directed that the accused won’t depart India with out permission of the court docket.

As per the police, Chawla and Cronje had been named by the Crime Branch within the chargesheet filed on July 23, 2013 for ‘fixing matches played between India and South Africa from February 16, 2000 to March 20, 2000 in India’.

The subsequent date of listening to is May 14.

The scandal broke in April 2000 when Delhi Police intercepted a dialog between Chawla and Cronje, during which it was learnt that the latter had accepted cash to lose matches. Chawla has additionally been accused of providing cash to two England gamers in August 1999.

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