BCCI anti-corruption chief Ajit Singh on Friday mentioned he’ll request Delhi Police to permit his staff to query Sanjeev Chawla, an alleged bookie and key accused in considered one of cricket’s largest match-fixing scandals that concerned late South Africa captain Hansie Cronje. Chawla, who was extradited from the United Kingdom on Thursday, has been despatched to 12-day police custody by a trial court docket, which he has challenged within the High Court. Singh mentioned speaking to Chawla may assist the BCCI get some useful info for future investigations.
“We will contact the Delhi police as he is in its custody. We would like to know from Delhi Police what all information he has shared with it. And if possible, we would like to talk to him also but totally depends on Delhi Police’s permission,” Singh informed PTI.
“It is an old case and if it is time barred in our courts, it doesn’t make a difference. We can at least update our data in terms of anything new he reveals which may not have been in public domain. “He could know so and so person who was involved in corruption and if there was a bookie involved and that bookie may still be active. If he is not on our radar, at least we will have that information with us,” mentioned the BCCI ACU boss.
Singh mentioned in the event that they don’t get the permission to discuss to Chawla, he’ll welcome the knowledge Delhi Police shares with him and his staff. “There might be certain aspects which he knows and we may not know and he reveals that to Delhi Police and then it can share that with us. Then we are better prepared for the future in the sense that we can add a few people in our suspect list,” mentioned the previous Rajasthan DGP.
“They may not allow the involvement of any other agency (like BCCI ACU) but we will request them to help us with whatever he has communicated to them,” added Singh. The trial court docket, which ordered the 12-day custody of Chawla to Delhi Police, directed the accused to be produced on February 25. The court docket was knowledgeable that Chawla, who was introduced again on Thursday, was concerned in fixing of 5 matches and has to be taken to numerous locations and confronted with sure folks so as to unearth the bigger conspiracy.
Cronje, who died in a aircraft crash in 2002, was additionally concerned, police informed the court docket. The former South Africa captain had confessed to his function within the scandal in a tearful submission earlier than the King’s Commission inquiry in his nation in 2000. Chawla is alleged to have performed a central function in conspiring with Cronje to repair a South African tour to India in February-March 2000. The British court docket paperwork say Chawla is a Delhi-born businessman who moved to the United Kingdom on a enterprise visa in 1996, however continued to make journeys to India.