Thatscricket - News - Advani lauds Delhi police on ~~fix~~ probe

Published: Friday, February 16, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani on Friday lauded the Delhi police for its investigation into the cricket match-fixing case, which established the credibility of the force not only in the country but also abroad.Addressing Delhi police personnel on the Delhi police Raising Day, Mr Advani said the Delhi police established the match-fixing crime with evidence. "The Delhi police was successful in achieving what no other police force in the world could do,'' he added.The Delhi police had on April 7 last year stunned the world by revealing that five South African cricketers led by their captain Hansie Cronje were involved in fixing matches of the Pepsi cup One-day series against India here for financial gains. The revelations about foreign cricketers provoked Indian cricketing personalities to raise the controversy in Indian cricket. Soon, the government announced that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would probe into match-fixing in Indian cricket.The agency found four cricketing personalities, Mohammed Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar and Ali Irani, guilty. Mr Advani said he realised the extreme pressure under which the city police worked and promised that suitable measures would be taken to ensure that the task of the city police was made easier. He said the police have exemplarily coordinated with central and intelligence agencies in solving the cases. Though Cronje accepted his guilt and many others were found guilty by the King Commission back in South Africa, no charge sheet has yet been filed against any of the accused. Police say this is due to the 'unavailability' of prime accused Sanjeev Chawla alias Sanjay, who is hiding in the United Kingdom.Sanjay's passport has been revoked and extradition proceedings have been launched to secure his presence in India.UNI

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