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2000 match-fixing: Police file chargeseet now

Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:14 [IST]
 
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Match-fixing: Police file chargeseet

New Delhi, July 22: 13 years after the match-fixing scandal involving Hansie Cronje rocked the cricket world, Delhi Police today filed a chargesheet in a court here naming the former South African captain and five others, including Krishan Kumar- brother of T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar.

The chargesheet was filed before link magistrate Akash Jain as Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Amit Bansal was on leave. The 90-page charge sheet will come up for consideration tomorrow before CMM Bansal.

Police has named Cronje, who was killed in a plane crash in 2002, in column 2 of the chargesheet - which lists the accused who are dead or against whom proceedings are abated.

London-based bookie Sanjeev Chawla, bookie Manmohan Khattar, T-Series owner Gulshan Kumar's brother Krishan Kumar, Delhi-based bookie Rajesh Kalra and Sunil Dara alias Bittoo have also been named as accused. No other cricketer has been named in the charge sheet.

According to police sources, the charge sheet is mostly based on King's Commission report, confession of Hansie Cronje and telephonic intercepts. They said Chawla and Khattar are hiding in UK and US respectively.

Police will issue red corner notices against them and begin the process of their extradition after filing the charge sheet, they said. It was in April 2000 that the Crime Branch of Delhi Police had stumbled upon the match fixing scandal when they intercepted calls of a London-based bookie.

In May this year, during the investigation in the spot-fixing case in which police have arrested 29 people including three cricket players - S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila--the attention of the investigators was drawn to a pending case in which Cronje and others were named.

PTI

Story first published:  Monday, July 22, 2013, 16:35 [IST]
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