‘Sanjeev Chawla’s non-cooperation proves his guilt’
Written by Sandeep Dwivedi
, Pritam Pal Singh
| New Delhi |

Updated: May 24, 2020 12:19:54 am

Delhi HC sends Chawla to Tihar jail till further orders Sanjeev Chawla, the prime alleged of the spot-fixing case of South Africa’s 2000 tour of India, was extradited from the United Kingdom. (Express Photo)

Prime accused Sanjeev Chawla’s “non-cooperation” within the investigation of the 2000 Hansie Cronje match-fixing case, regardless of confronted with proof, is seen as proof of his involvement within the crime. This is talked about within the newest chargesheet filed by Delhi Police.

Earlier this month, Chawla had walked out of Tihar jail within the absence of the High Court’s keep on the trial courtroom’s April 30 bail order. Following this reduction, Delhi Police approached the Supreme Court on May 13, difficult the High Court order. The apex courtroom is more likely to take up the matter subsequent month.

The different accused and Chawla’s alleged associates – Krishan Kumar, Rajesh Kalra, and Sunil Dara – are additionally out on bail. The Delhi Police chargesheet particulars the alleged position performed by Chawla and others in fixing cricket matches throughout South Africa’s 2000 tour of India.

Cronje, who admitted to the South Africa government-appointed King Commission that he had accepted cash from bookmakers for underperforming, died in a aircraft crash in 2002. Following his dying, proceedings in opposition to him have been abated by a July, 2017 courtroom order.

Meanwhile, the Delhi-born Chawla after transferring to London turned a UK citizen. In February this yr, the Delhi Court introduced the 50-year-old British nationwide to India after a prolonged extradition course of.

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Delhi Police’s remaining report within the case, that has now stretched for twenty years, says: “The accused, Sanjeev Kumar Chawla, during his entire interrogation, remained non-cooperative and did not divulge any detail with regard to the offences committed by him … even after he was confronted with the evidences, which clearly prove his involvement in this case…”

However, the trial courtroom, whereas granting bail, had noticed that “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…”.Chawla’s lawyer, Advocate Vikas Pahwa, says: “ It is a case of no evidence. It will be very difficult to prove a case of cheating in this case, as the essential ingredients of offence are missing. Since the matter is sub judice I can’t say much. However I’m very keen to argue the case on the framing of charges.”

However, the cost sheet in cricket’s most high-profile match-fixing case says: “…on the basis of statements of the witnesses recorded during the investigation, conversation recorded between the accused in the seized audio and video cassettes, CFSL report and other documentary and oral evidence, it can be safely concluded that some of the matches were fixed and in some, an attempt was made to fix them…”.

In February this yr, the Delhi Court introduced the 50-year-old British nationwide to India after a prolonged extradition course of. (Source: Express Photo)

The matter is now mounted earlier than Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhir Kumar Sirohi on July four for listening to arguments on cost. The chargesheet additionally states that there’s ample proof to show that accused “Chawla, Hansie Cronje, Krishan Kumar, Rajesh Kalra, Sunil Dara, and Manmohan Khatter… had entered right into a felony conspiracy to repair the cricket matches performed between India and South Africa from February 16, 2000, to March 20, 2000 in India.

“In furtherance of this conspiracy, the 1st Test Match at Mumbai and 1st One-Day International at Cochin were fixed and the same resulted in wrongful gain to the accused and wrongful loss in general to the public at large, who had gone believing that they would perform optimally. The accused persons have thus committed offences punishable under sections 420 and 120B of IPC,” the chargesheet mentioned. The investigators additionally acknowledged within the chargesheet that they might file a supplementary as investigation with regard to voice pattern and specimen handwriting of Chawla is but to be collected. As per the trial courtroom’s route, Chawla has already given his handwriting specimen to the investigator.

READ | Sanjeev Chawla, accused in match-fixing scandal, walks out of jail


Late BCCI secretary Lele amongst witnesses

The Delhi Police in its chargesheet mentions “that cited witnesses may be called through summons”. Featuring within the checklist of 68 witnesses is former BCCI honorary secretary JY Lele who handed away in 2013. He held the publish when the 2000 match-fixing scandal broke.


Mumbai Test, Cochin ODI have been mounted: Delhi Police

In the cost sheet filed final month, Delhi Police has made the next remarks concerning the video games performed within the much-maligned India-South Africa sequence of 2000. The tour had seen the Hansie Cronje-led visiting facet play two Test matches and 5 ODIs. In its conclusion, the report says: “…some of the matches were fixed and in some matches an attempt was made to fix them”.

cricket fixing, india cricket, cricket india, fixing in cricket, hansie cronje, cronje, 2000 cricket fixing, delhi police, police, cricket news, cricket Former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje had been adjudged to have mounted video games. (Source: Reuters)

1st Test: Mumbai (Feb 24-28, 2000)

“It was decided that South African team will not score more than 250 runs in an innings. Though the South African team won the Test in three days, this was attributed to a very poor performance by India. The Indian team had batted first and scored 225 and the South African team scored only 176. In the 2nd innings, India scored a mere 113 and the South African team won the match by scoring 164 runs only. Thus, the South African team did not score more than 250 runs in both the innings, as committed by accused Hansie Cronje to the fixers. Thus, this match was a fixed one.”

2nd Test: Bangalore (March 2-6, 2000)

“Though Hansie Cronje had spoken to other players, as per the statements made before the King Commission, this match was not fixed although an attempt was made to fix it.”

1st ODI: Cochin (March 9, 2000)

“Constant calls made to Hamid Cassim by Sanjeev Chawla and Hansie Cronje on the night intervening 8/9.03.2000 further corroborate the statement of Hansie Cronje made before King Commission that he was being regularly pressurised to underperform as per their bidding.”

Hansie: “No, no … They were saying that they were already doing Cochin, the other guys are already angry with me because I have not received their money…”

Sanjeev: “I can deposit the money in your account, it is not a problem … Tomorrow itself I can deposit the money.”

2nd, third, 4th ODIs

“Though the matches were not fixed, it can be inferred that Hansie Cronje helped in giving inside information to the accused persons and helped them in placing bets and earn huge profits.”

fifth ODI

“From the recorded conversation, it is evident that Hansie Cronje had agreed to fix the score of the match and he had also agreed to fix the individual score of Herschelle Gibbs. It was also agreed that if the result came as agreed, then Sanjeev Chawla will pay $140000 to Hansie Cronje. Though the players forgot about the deal in the heat of the game and did not agree, it can be concluded that a serious attempt was made to fix the match.”

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