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Delhi Police charge Cronje for match fixing after 13 years

13 years after the match-fixing scandal involving the late South African captain Hansie Cronje, Delhi Police has filed a charge sheet in Patiala House court in the national Capital.

The chargesheet has been filed against six accused including Cronje and T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar’s brother, Krishan Kumar. Names of a London-based bookie Sanjeev Chawla and other bookies namely Manmohan Khattar, Rajesh Kalra and Sunil Dara alias Bitto also figure in the chargesheet.

Out of these six accused, Cronje was killed in a plane crash in 2002 and three of them identified as Krishan Kumar, Rajesh Kalra and Sunil Dara are out on bail. However, the remaining two, Sanjeev Chawla and Manmohan Khattar, are still absconding.  

The 90-page chargesheet was filed before link magistrate Akash Jain as chief metropolitan magistrate Amit Bansal was on leave. The chargesheet will come up for consideration on Tuesday before Bansal.

Cronje’s name has been mentioned in column 2 that has a list of accused who are either dead or against whom proceedings are abated.  A senior official said, ‘No Indian cricketers were involved in the match-fixing which took place in 2000.’

Cronje had denied taking bribes but later admitted taking money from Indian bookmakers to influence matches. Few telephonic conversations between Cronje and one of the bookies who was later identified as Chawla was tapped by the Delhi police. Chawla is believed to in UK.
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