A case accusing deceased South African captain Hansie Cronje and several bookies of conspiring to fix cricket matches,was permitted by a New Delhi court on Tuesday. The case was accepted a day after police filed a 93-page charge sheet relating to 13-year-old allegations of match-fixing,according to the Press Trust of India.
However,the court suspended the proceedings against Cronje,the former South Africa captain,because he died in a plane crash in 2002.
The police charges accuse the men of conspiring to fix matches between South Africa and India in India in March 2000. India won the series 3-2. The charges accuse Cronje of taking 12 million rupees ($200,000) for fixing matches.
Cronjes teammates,Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje,who have also been accused of fixing matches,were not targeted in the charge sheet.
The charge sheet also accused Sanjeev Chawla,Rajesh Kalra,Sunil Dara,Manmohan Khattar,and Kishan Kumar of cheating and criminal conspiracy.
The men were accused of being bookies. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal issued summonses for October for Kalra,Kumar and Dara. Chawla is believed to be in Britain and Khattar in the United States and police said they would begin pushing for their extradition.
Supreme court rejects PIL
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal. The scandal was unearthed in May when Delhi Police arrested three Rajasthan Royals cricketers Santhakumaran Sreesanth,Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing in IPL VI,which involved three matches.
Sharmila Ghuge,an educationist in a Mumbai law college,had filed a petition,demanding the investigation in the scandal should be handed over to CBI from Delhi,Mumbai Police and officials of other probe agencies so that proper co-ordination takes place and the guilty persons do not go scot-free due to mismanagement and lack of co-ordination between different police agencies.