Glacial is too fast a pace for the police
After 13 years, the Delhi Police is set to file a chargesheet in the cricket match-fixing scandal on Monday. In its 80-page chargesheet, it has booked five persons: bookie and the kingpin Sanjeev Chawla, bookie Rajesh Kalra, Chawla’s associate and T-Series owner Gulshan Kumar’s brother Kishan Kumar and bookies Bittu Dara and Manmohan Khattar.
The police have claimed to have recovered from Kalra the mobile phone used by former South African captain Hansie Cronje to fix deals with Chawla. Sources said the chargesheet alleges Chawla had gifted the phone to Cronje.
Wikipedia says a chargesheet is the final report of an investigating police officer to a judicial officer. Based on a chargesheet a judge or a magistrate will decide whether there is any case to be brought against the accused. This means that some guy in the Delhi police took 13 years to finish this investigation! That must be even slower than the disovery of the Higgs boson!
Hansie Cronje is the only cricketer accused, and he has been dead for 11 years! Nicky Boje and Herschelle Gibbs had confessed their role in the scandal to a commission of enquiry set up by the cricket board of South Africa. The Delhi police does not consider that to be evidence.
25 July, 2013
NDTV reports a logical development:
Ewie Cronje, father of deceased former South African captain Hansie Cronje, has threatened legal action against the Indian police for filing a chargesheet which implicates his son in the 2000 match-fixing scandal.
[T]he original charge sheet alleges that Cronje received more than Rs 12 million in two payments from bookmaker Sanjeev Chawla but Cronje senior said Hansie had received less than a quarter of that amount.
“It’s nonsense. Where is the money?” Cronje tol
d the Afrikaans daily ‘Beeld’ here.
“I’m considering legal action against the Indian police,” he added.
He said he plans to move court because the Indian police had known since 1981 that match-fixing was occurring, but did nothing about it.