Chawla's extradition was approved by the UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid in February a year ago under the India-UK Extradition Treaty 1992.
The Delhi Crime Branch are also said to have gathered documents from Scotland Yard following the arrest of Chawla in December 2000 for another alleged betting scandal involving England players. Over the past two months, a Delhi Police Crime Branch team had attended several court hearings in the extradition case. In 2016, Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was wanted in a case related to the 2002 Gujarat riots, had voluntarily agreed to be extradited.More news: Oculus VR founder claims to be Nintendo PlayStation’s $350k high bidder
It was during period this period (February-March 2000) when conspiracy to fix matches was unearthed during India-South Africa series played in India.
The Daily Mail has learned that a file prepared by Delhi's Crime Branch is said to reveal that a number of Indian cricketers were visiting Chawla at his North London home address. Chawla had allegedly suggested to Cronje that he could make a lot of money if he agreed to lose matches.
According to court records, India sought Chawla's extradition due to his alleged criminal conduct between January and March 2000. Chawla had even appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, which rejected his plea for an interim measure last week.More news: Coronavirus infections surge on cruise ship in Japan
Following an extradition trial in October 2017, Westminster Magistrates' Court in London had concluded that while Chawla had a prima facie case to answer, his human rights could not be guaranteed in Tihar. His cell will comply with the "personal space and hygiene requirements" of the court, reported NDTV.
The ECHR had sought additional assurances from the British High Commission in New Delhi that Chawla's rights as a British citizen would be upheld, including regular consular access. He will be housed in Delhi's Tihar jail ahead of his trial.
The catering boss had his Indian passport revoked in 2000 but, having moved to London in 1996, he was able to obtain a United Kingdom passport in 2005.More news: Mysterious Radio Signal From Space Is Repeating Every 16 Days