Sanjeev Chawla, bookie and the prime accused in Hansie Cronje match fixing case, in a recent statement to Delhi police has claimed that all cricket matches are fixed.
As per The Indian Express, in the statement, which is a part of the supplementary charge-sheet but doesn’t have his signature, Sanjeev Chawla said, “No cricket match is fairly played and all the cricket matches, which people see are fixed.” Chawla warned about the involvement of a ‘very big syndicate/underworld mafia,’ which influences all cricket games. He said that cricket matches are fixed the way are movies are directed.
Chawla also said that that the syndicate had on its target the case’s investigation officer Dr G Ram Gopal Naik, DCP (Crime Branch), and that his life was in danger. While confessing about him being involved in match-fixing for years, Chawla said that he could not provide more details since dangerous people are involved and they would kill him if he reveals anything.
Chawla also said that he shifted to London in 1993 and was in the business of clothes and had shops at London’s Oxford Street. He said that his allege associates Kumar Kalra and Sunil Dara (who are out on bail) – were old friends and were also involved in match fixing. After his long stay in London, he became a UK citizen in early 2000. In February this year, he was brought to India after a lengthy extradition process.