Indian court accepts cricket fixing case

NEW DELHI (AP) A case accusing deceased South African cricketer Hansie Cronje and several bookies of conspiring to fix matches, was permitted by a New Delhi court on Tuesday.

The case was accepted a day after police filed a 93-page charge sheet relating to 13-year-old allegations of match-fixing, according to the Press Trust of India.

However, the court suspended the proceedings against Cronje, the former South Africa captain, because he died in a plane crash in 2002.

The police charges accuse the men of conspiring to fix matches between South Africa and India in India in March 2000, according to PTI. India won the series 3-2.

The charges accuse Cronje of taking 12 million rupees ($200,000) for fixing matches.

Cronje's teammates, Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje, who have also been accused of fixing matches, were not targeted in the charge sheet.

The charge sheet also accused Sanjeev Chawla, Rajesh Kalra, Sunil Dara, Manmohan Khattar, and Kishan Kumar of cheating and criminal conspiracy, according to PTI. The men were accused of being bookies, PTI reported.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal issued summonses for October for Kalra, Kumar and Dara.

Chawla is believed to be in Britain and Khattar in the United States and police said they would begin pushing for their extradition.

In May, police arrested three Indian cricketers over allegations of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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