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Delhi police set to reopen Cronje case

Delhi Police are awaiting forensic reports from a Delhi laboratory to take case forward

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published: November 5, 2011 1:21:31 am

Eleven years after the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police unearthed the match fixing scandal that involved former South African captain Hansie Cronje and also implicated ex-skipper of India,Mohammad Azharuddin,the case is all set to be re-investigated. The decision comes in the wake of three Pakistani players — Salman Butt,Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir — being sentenced to jail for spot fixing by a British court on Thursday.

Delhi Police are awaiting forensic reports from a Delhi laboratory to take the case forward. “It was in 2009 that we had sent the voice samples of conversations between the accused (Hansie Cronje and London-based bookie Sanjeev Chawla) to the forensic laboratory for examination. Till now we are yet to receive the report,” said a senior police officer.

Police said the Crime Branch would be examining the case files next week and would contact the laboratory to expedite the tests now.

It was in April 2000 that the Crime Branch had stumbled upon the match fixing scandal when they intercepted the calls of Chawla. During investigations it was found that along with Cronje,who died later in an air crash,his teammates Herschelle Gibbs,Nicky Boje,former Indian captain Azharuddin,Manoj Prabhakar,Ajay Jadeja and Ajay Sharma were part of the fixing nexus.

“We have asked the banks in South Africa to give us details about the bank accounts of Gibbs and Boje. We are yet to receive any reply from them,” said Ashok Chand,deputy commissioner of police (crime).

More trouble for trio at home?
A Pakistani court has ordered the police to ascertain if a criminal case can be registered against former captain Salman Butt and two other cricketers,who were found guilty of spot-fixing in London.

The additional district and sessions court in Lahore issued the order in response to an application filed by lawyer Muhammad Zubair Bulqan,who had asked the judge to direct authorities to register a case against the Pakistani cricketers involved in spot-fixing.

The petitioner said he earlier submitted an application to Islamapura police station for registering a case against the cricketers but officials had refused to act on his request.

The judge,while disposing of Bulqan’s petition,ordered the police station chief to act on the petitioner’s application in accordance with the law and to register a case on any cognizable offences committed by the players. (PTI)

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