NEW DELHI : Hours after his extradition was given the go-ahead from London, a Delhi court on Thursday sent Sanjeev Chawla, an alleged bookie to 12 days police custody.

Chawla has been a key accused in one of cricket's biggest match-fixing scandals involving former South African captain Hansie Cronje, who died in an air crash in 2002.

While the Delhi Police had sought 14 days custody for Chawla, the informed police told the court that Chawla, extradited from London on Thursday, was involved in fixing of five matches and has to be taken to various places and confronted with certain people in order to unearth the larger conspiracy.

Chawla is alleged to have played a central role in conspiring with Cronje to fix a South African tour to India in February-March 2000.

The British court documents say Chawla is a Delhi-born businessman who moved to the United Kingdom on a business visa in 1996, but continued to make trips to India.

According to documents presented to the court, Chawla was introduced to Cronje in 2000, following which Chawla suggested that Cronje lose matches in order to make money, for the impending tour in March 2000.

Both Chawla and Cronje were named in a 70-page chargesheet by the Delhi Police’s crime branch for "fixing matches played between India and South Africa from February 16, 2000 to March 20, 2000 in India."

PTI contributed to this story.

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