Accused match fixer Sanjeev Chawla extradited to India

Thursday 13th February 2020 10:26 EST

A British national has been finally extradited to India. Sanjeev Chawla was first accused by the Indian Government for his alleged involvement in a cricket match fixing scandal in India in 2000 and has been sent to India 20 years later under the UK-India Extradition Treaty.

Legal experts and the Indian Government officials believe Chawla’s case sets precedence for the other wanted “fugitive businessmen” who are currently hiding in the UK including Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi.

The Indian government has assured the UK that Chawla will be accommodated in a cell to be occupied exclusively by him, with proper "safety and security" and complying with the "personal space and hygiene requirements". India had also made further guarantees on medical facilities and protection from intra-prisoner violence in Tihar Jail, where he will be held ahead of his trial.

Chawla is accused of acting as link between former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje and bookies who wanted to fix cricket matches in early 2000. He is now expected to undergo the required medical examinations before being taken to Tihar Jail and held in custody in accordance with the Indian government's assurances given to the UK courts.

Recently, his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), against being extradited to India was rejected. Last month he had also lost his High Court appeal on human rights grounds against former UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid's extradition order at a hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

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