Former South African captain Hanse Cronje has been named, along with five other accused, in the chargesheet related to the match fixing case in 2000. The chargesheet was filed 13 years after the scandal broke in a trial court on Monday.
When the scandal broke out, Delhi police charged Cronje for match fixing in ODI’s against India in March 2000. Cronje admitted to accepting money from bookmakers. But on June 1, 2002, he died in a plane crash near George in South Africa’s southern Cape.
Inspector Keshav Kumar, the investigating officer in the case, said: “There are six accused in this case, three of them are on bail while two are abroad. The sixth is Hansie Cronje, who is dead.”
Those who are out on bail are Rajesh Kalra, Krishan Kumar and Sunil Dara while those who are overseas include Sanjeev Chawla and Manmohan Khattar.
Ravindra Yadav, additional commissioner of police (crime department), said: “We will now request the court to grant approval to seek extradition of Chawla from the UK to India. The UK government does not allow extradition without the chargesheet. We are almost sure Chawla is in England.”
He added: “This is criminal conspiracy. People went to the ground to watch the games thinking they would be played in the true spirit. They did not know the outcome was fixed. That’s why we have filed the charges.”