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Sanjeev Chawla, key accused in 2000 match fixing scandal extradited from UK

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2020, 14:11 IST

Sanjeev Chawla, a main accused in the 2000 match fixing scandle has been extradited from the UK. Officers of Delhi Police escorted Chawla to Delhi in Thursday.

Earlier it was reported that Scotland Yard officers were making provision to hand over bookie Sanjeev Chawla to Delhi Police to face match fixing charges in India.

The 50-year-old British national is a main accused in the match fixing scandal which involved former South Africa skipper Hansie Cronje in 2000.

As maintained by officials familiar with the deportation lawsuit, the final legal paperwork in the case is now being rounded off for the handover to happen at Heathrow Airport this week.

"We can only issue a statement when the extradition has taken place," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Wednesday.

On his arrival, he is to undergo the necessary medical tests before being taken to Tihar jail and held in custody as per the Indian government’s assurances to the UK court.

This will observe the first high profile extradition of its kind under the India-UK Extradition Treaty, signed in 1992.

Sanjeev Chawla is alleged to have played a key role in hatching a plot with Hansie Cronje, the late South African skipper, to fix a South African tour to India in February-March 2000.

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First published: 13 February 2020, 14:03 IST