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British home secretary signs order to extradite Sanjeev Kumar to India

BRITISH home secretary Sajid Javid has signed an order for Indian origin bookie Sanjeev Kumar Chawla to be extradited to India inconnection with the Hansie Cronje cricket match-fixing scandal of 2000.

The 52 year old former Indian national who wanted in India for legal proceedings stands accused of being directly involved in the cricket match fixing scandal.

According to Home Office spokesperson: “On February 27, 2019, the secretary of state, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Sanjeev Chawla’s extradition to India. Sanjeev Chawla is accused in India of match fixing in international cricket.”

Javid’s order to extradite Chawla has come just a moth after he inked the order to extradite Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya who is also wanted in India for court proceedings.

Now, Chawla has two weeks to apply for leave to appeal in the administrative court of the high court.

District judge Rebecca Crane on January 7 handed over Chawla’s case to Javid to order Chawla’s extradition.

Born in India’s capital city, Chawla was an Indian citizen until 1996 when he moved to the UK on a business visa.

He obtained a British passport in 2005 and now he is a UK national.

Chawla’s Indian passport was revoked in 2000.