Friday, February 3, 2023

HC Reserves Order On Plea Against Bail Granted To Sanjeev Chawla

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The Delhi High Court on Saturday has reserved its order on a petition filed by Delhi Police against the Bail granted to Sanjeev Chawla an alleged bookie and accused in one of the biggest cricket match fixing scandal, by ASJ Patiala House Court.  

A single-judge bench of Justice Asha Menon Delhi High Court has reserved order on a petition filed by Delhi police through Public Prosecutor, Advocate Kewal Singh Ahuja, against the bail granted to Sanjeev Chawla. 

Chawla is among the key accused in one of the biggest scandals ever to hit cricket that also involved former South Africa captain, the late Hansie Cronje, and many other former Indian cricket players. Whereas, the petition stated that on 25th, 26th, and 27th February Sanjeev Chawala was interrogated but he did not cooperate with the investigation team and kept on refusing his involvement in the case even after confronting him with all the evidence. 

The petition also stated that “Accused Sanjeev Kumar Chawla is a British National. It took 20 years to bring him to justice in India. Investigation agency worked hard on this case to get the accused extradited from the UK and succeed in the matter as the case is very strong on law and fact. There is a likelihood of the accused fleeing away from justice.”

Delhi High Court reserved its order for the cancellation of bail and directed that if the accused submits his bail bond and surety bond, the Duty MM will ensure that an undertaking is also simultaneously filed separately by the accused that the said surety bond will subject to the outcome of the decision of this Court. 

-India Legal Bureau

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