‘Risk to human rights in Tihar’: Suspected bookie Sanjeev Chawla strikes EU court to block extradition to India
Suspected cricket bookie Sanjeev Chawla, having exhausted legal alternatives in the United Kingdom to block extradition, has approached the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, bringing up alleged chance to his human rights, if sent to India.
An ECHR spokesperson said on Wednesday: “We can affirm that Mr Sanjeev Chawla has introduced a request for an intervening time measure to remain his extradition to India earlier than the European Court of Human Rights”. “No listening to has taken place, nor is one scheduled. Mr Chawla relied on Article three (prohibition of torture and of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights”.
Interim measures are granted before a full hearing is held. Unless such measure is granted, Chawla, 50, faces extradition inside 28 days of the judgement of the high courtroom of England and Wales that refused him permission to attraction against extradition on January 23.
The UK formally left the European Union on January 31, however stays problem to ECHR jurisdiction at some stage in the transition segment as outlined in the withdrawal agreement till December 31. Several persons facing extradition from the UK have formerly successfully blocked it via the ECHR. Chawla faces fees of match-fixing at some stage in South Africa’s cricket tour to India in 2000.
He is scheduled to be lodged in Tihar Jail, according to court docket documents, but his legal team has raised the workable of risk to his human rights there. In London, a Home Office spokesperson said: “The Secretary of State signed the order for Sanjeev Chawla’s extradition to India in February 2019. He has now exhausted his rights to appeal.
Once the final orders from the court docket have been received, preparations will be made for his extradition to take location within 28 days.” Chawla’s crew sought to adduce clean evidence in the UK court: one, a newspaper article indicating that the Indian authorities supposed to demolish jails one, two and three in Tihar and build a multi-level prison; two, newspaper reports on prison conditions.
Thirdly, his legal professionals referred to a file of March 30, 2019, described as an specialist criminal opinion, by one Gupta who had been a legal adviser for the Officer of the Director General, Delhi Jails until his retirement in 2017.
The fourth was a record bearing dates in April 2000 which is an software by one of Chawla’s co-accused to the Magistrates’ Court in Delhi for directions to the police about the conduct of the investigation. India-born Chawla moved to the United Kingdom in 1996.
An extradition warrant was got pursuant to an affidavit sworn earlier than the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in New Delhi on February 27, 2015. A request that Chawla be extradited was once made by means of the Indian authorities on February 1, 2016 and it licensed through the Home secretary March 11, 2016, the judgment noted.
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