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Cronje match-fixing probe gathers steam

The Delhi Police is geared up to solve the 2000 match-fixing case in the next four to five months.

IANS |November 16, 2011, 7:25 PM IST
Cronje match-fixing probe gathers steam

New Delhi: Following the prison sentences handed out to Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for their involvement in spot-fixing, the Delhi Police is now geared up to solve the 2000 match-fixing case in the next four to five months.

The Delhi Police this month received a reply from the British authorities to a 2007 "letter rogatory" that sought details of alleged bookie and London-based businessman Sanjeev Chawla, the key accused in the case.

The reply comes as a relief for Delhi Police, which was struggling to piece together a chargesheet 11 years after blowing the lid off the match-fixing, which also involved then South African captain Hansie Cronje, who was later later killed in a plane crash, and his teammates Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje. Former Indian captain, Mohammad Azharuddin and his teammates Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Jadeja and Ajay Sharma were also allegedly involved.

"The probe is on and the chargesheet is yet to be filed. We are hopeful of completing the investigation in four-five months," Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashok Chand told IANS.

He also said that the police are awaiting a report from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) on the tapped conversation between Cronje and Chawla.

"The case will be solved very soon," reiterated Chand, who is credited with solving cases such as the Red Fort attack and the Parliament attack.

On April 7, 2000, Delhi Police made public a tapped conversation between Cronje and Chawla. Cronje and Azharuddin were banned for life by their national boards while Gibbs was banned for six months.

The late South African captain had received immunity from criminal prosecution in South Africa in exchange for his confession.

Gibbs and Boje on the other hand travelled to India and cooperated with the Delhi Police.

The investigators have asked the banks in South Africa to give the details of the accounts of Gibbs and Boje.

"We are yet to receive any reply from them," said a senior police officer.

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