A Delhi court today granted bail to Sanjeev Chawla, the prime accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, on May 2, 2020. It was cricket’s biggest match-fixing controversy, which also included former South African captain Hansi Cronje.
Special Judge Ashutosh Kumar granted relief to Chawla on a personal bond of two lakh rupees. The court said that the accused was in custody for the last 76 days and the investigation in the case had been completed. He cannot leave India without permission.
The court directed Sanjeev Chawla to give his voice sample and handwriting to the investigating officer of the case. According to Delhi Police, Chawla was involved in fixing five matches. He was brought from London in February. The match fixing was revealed by the Delhi Police.
Tapped the conversation between Chawla and Hansie Cronje. The African team visited India in February-March 2000 to play the series. According to the report, Chawla has been close to underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim in the 90s.
After his name surfaced, the former South African captain admitted to playing poorly with money. Cronje was banned for life for this reason. He later died in a plane crash in June 2002. After 13 years of fixing dispute, Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet against Sanjeev Chawla.
However, after India’s passport was revoked, Chawla acquired citizenship in Britain. It was later handed over to India by Britain.
According to the British court, Chawla is a Delhi-based businessman. He left for England in 1996 with a business visa. After this Chawla used to visit India continuously.
The Delhi Police presented him in court in February. Chawla was sent to 15-day judicial custody, which expired on 28 February. After this, many bail petitions of Chawla continued to be rejected. His period was further increased due to the lockdown. (With language input)