, Mahender Singh Manral
| New Delhi |
Published: February 14, 2020 5:36:24 am
The Delhi Police Crime Branch is probably going to summon Krishan Kumar, brother of slain T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar, as they put together to query Sanjeev Chawla, the important thing accused within the 2000 cricket match-fixing scandal involving late South African captain Hansie Cronje. Chawla, who was produced earlier than a Delhi Court on Thursday, was despatched to 12 days of police custody.
Chawla and Kumar, together with others, had been a part of the 2013 Delhi Police chargesheet into the conspiracy to repair matches in the course of the 2000 collection between India and South Africa. While Kumar had been questioned, Chawla left for the UK earlier than the scandal got here to mild.
A senior police officer mentioned that together with Kumar, notices may also be issued to different key accused Rajesh Kalra and Dara alias Bittu asking them to be part of the investigation.
“We have ready some questions for them and can confront all of them with Chawla. We have discovered throughout our investigation that the primary Test in Mumbai and the primary One-Day International in Cochin in 2000 had been mounted. Now we’ll take him (Chawla) to each the locations to re-create the sequence of occasions. We got here to know that one other accused, Manmohan Khattar, who had escaped to the US, died of cancer. But there is no such thing as a official affirmation,” an officer mentioned.
Meanwhile, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhir Kumar Sirohi allowed the police to quiz Chawla of their custody for 12 days as a substitute of the 14 days sought, after the Crime Branch alleged that he “played the main conduit” for the 5 one-dayers and two Test matches of the India-South Africa collection.
“… It is well settled law that the police does not require any permission from the court for further investigation and in this matter places like Cochin, Jamshedpur, Faridabad, Varodara, Nagpur, Mumbai and Bangalore are to be visited by the police and the matter is to be investigated further. Therefore, in my considered opinion, police custody of 12 days will suffice the purpose…,” the order mentioned.
The courtroom turned down the request of Chawla’s advocates – Vineet Malhotra and Hemant Shah – that they be allowed to accompany Chawla in the course of the police remand, saying “accompanying the accused for the period of whole remand will frustrate the investigation”.
It, nonetheless, allowed the counsel to meet the accused on a regular basis with prior intimation to the Investigating Officer of the case. The subsequent date of listening to is May 14.
The scandal broke in April 2000, when Delhi Police intercepted a dialog between alleged bookie Chawla and Cronje, through which it was learnt that the South African captain had accepted cash to lose matches. Chawla has additionally been accused of providing cash to two England gamers in August 1999.
Chawla was produced earlier than the courtroom after being extradited from the UK and was handed over at Heathrow Airport in London to be introduced again to India.
Delhi Police, represented by particular public prosecutor Atul Srivastava, informed the courtroom on Thursday that Chawla was the primary particular person concerned within the match-fixing case relating to which an FIR was lodged on April 6, 2000.
The police mentioned that Kalra, Kumar and Dara had been arrested in the course of the probe however Chawla absconded to the United Kingdom on the time of submitting of the chargesheet and Cronje was killed in a airplane crash in June 2002.
The ODIs in query had been performed in Cochin, Jamshedpur, Faridabad, Vadodara and Nagpur, whereas the Tests had been performed in Mumbai and Bangalore.
“…while committing the said crime, he (Chawla) stayed in the same hotels where the teams were staying. He had given money, mobile phone and also transferred money to Cronje’s accounts. He was in regular contact with other accused (Kalra, Kumar and Dara) and many others,” the courtroom was informed.
The company, whereas urgent for 14 days’ remand, submitted that the accused has to be interrogated at size to unearth the entire conspiracy and establish all others concerned within the scandal in India or overseas. The courtroom was informed that Chawla wants to be taken to the seven venues with different accused.
Chawla’s advocates opposed the remand and said that “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 famous, “…the accused was granted bail in UK, therefore, the accused has not remained in custody even for a single day… The Government of India has assured that the accused would be kept at Tihar Jail Complex during the pre-trial detention and upon conviction by competent court, but 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 Government of India dated 22.09.2017.”
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