2000 Match Fixing: 2 Accused Appear in Court

New Delhi
2000 Match Fixing: 2 Accused Appear in Court

A Delhi court today supplied copy of the charge sheet to two of the accused in the 2000 match fixing scandal case involving former South African captain Hansie Cronje and five others, after the duo appeared before it.

Following the directions of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal, the Delhi Police supplied the charge sheet to Delhi-based bookies Rajesh Kalra and Sunil Dara alias Bittu, who are presently out on bail in connection with the case and appeared in the court complying with its summons.

The court, however granted exemption to accused Kishan Kumar, brother of slain T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar, from personal appearance for today.

Kumar filed an application through his counsel saying he could not appear as he was busy in a personal engagement which was fixed before the court had decided today's date.

The court allowed Kumar's plea for the day and issued fresh summons to him for February 4, 2014, when scrutiny of documents filed with the charge sheet will also be take place.

It directed the accused to apprise it before the next date of hearing if there is any deficiency in documents.

The court had on July 23 taken cognizance of the charge sheet filed by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police against six persons, including former South African captain Hansie Cronje, in which it said he was paid Rs 1.2 crore in two installments for fixing matches 13 years back.

The names of Cronje's compatriot cricketers Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje were left out from the charge sheet.

The police, in its 93-page charge sheet, has named Cronje, Kalra, Dara, Kumar, London-based bookie Sanjeev Chawla and Manmohan Khattar as accused in the case and has chargesheeted them for offences of cheating and criminal conspiracy under the IPC.

The court has abated the proceedings against Cronje, who was indicted by the Kings Commission of Inquiry in South Africa, in view of his death in a plane crash in 2002.

Earlier, the police had told the court that the two other accused, Chawla and Khattar, are residents of UK and USA respectively and are hiding there.

The investigating officer had said that open non-bailable warrants have already been issued against Chawla and Khattar.

Police had told the court that soon steps would be taken for issuance of process under section 82 (proclamation or person absconding) of the CrPC and extradition proceedings against the two absconding accused.

The police, in its charge sheet, has said that Gibbs had accepted before the Kings Commission of Inquiry, constituted in South Africa to probe the match fixing scandal, that he was offered money by Cronje for under performance while Boje had denied his involvement.

It said there is "sufficient evidence" to prove that the accused had entered into a conspiracy to fix matches played here between India and South Africa in February-March 2000.

"From the investigation conducted so far, there is sufficient evidence to prove the accused persons had entered into a criminal conspiracy to fix the cricket matches played between India and South Africa from February 16, 2000 to March 20, 2000 in India," the charge sheet has said.

Referring to the report of Kings Commission of Inquiry, the police has said it revealed that money had changed hands and went to Cronje for fixing cricket matches between India and South Africa.

According to the charge sheet, Kishan Kumar had said that Chawla had paid Rs 1.2 crore to Cronje in two installments of Rs 60 lakh each for fixing the matches.

It said Gibbs had told the Commission that Cronje had offered him money for scoring less than 20 runs in the match.

The charge sheet, which also contains 67 sets of documents, has named 65 persons as witnesses in the case.

The agency has said that surveillance and interception of calls led to cracking of the case and added that forensic reports of voice of the accused persons have matched with the sample voices and it "nails the guilt of the accused".

It has said Chawla, who had played the "most vital role" in the commission of crime, had gone to London from India on March 15, 2000 and never came back and was operating from the United Kingdom.

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