2000 match-fixing probe gathers steam

Taking a leaf out of the swiftness with which London's Metropolitan Police cracked the 2010 spot-fixing case, the Delhi Police is now geared up to solve the 2000 match-fixing case in the next 4-5 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 and his team mates Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje.

Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin and his team mates Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Jadeja and Ajay Sharma were also allegedly involved.

"The probe is on and the chargesheet is yet to be filed," Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand told IANS.


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