New Delhi, Oct 12: Delhi Police on Thursday said that South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs was part of the match-fixing conspiracy and was offered money to under perform. Gibbs named former
South African cricketer Derek Crookes as being involved in the
match-fixing scandal of 2000.
Gibbs was questioned for over two and a half hours on his role in the match fixing case almost six years after the scandal broke out in 2000 shocking the cricket world.
Gibbs, accompanied by his lawyer Peter Whelan and the South African High Commissioner, arrived at the police headquarters at 11 am and was interrogated by a high-level team of Crime Branch officials led by Joint Commissioner of Police Ranjit Narayan.
The Police said that Gibbs helped them find missing links into their investigation and plug major loopholes.
Gibbs given an idea of the questions in advance
“Gibbs was given an idea of the questions he would be asked in advance. He said that he was made an offer twice… The offer was made by his captain Hansie Cronje,” JCP Narayan told media persons after the interrogation.
The nature of the offer according to him was to “under-perform”.
“Investigation can now move forward after today’s interrogation. He might be needed again and his lawyers have said that he will be made available if needed again,” the JCP said.
No Indian cricketers named
Gibbs did not name any Indian cricketers during today’s interrogation. But the session, according to the Delhi Police, has thrown up few fresh names from the South African team, who will be questioned soon.
Few former Indian cricketers will be questioned during further probe. JCP Narayan, however, refused to divulge any names during the press conference. He maintained that the investigation in the case can now “move forward”.
Delhi Police does not have any account numbers and therefore is in no position to prove transaction of money in the case. When the JCP was confronted with this bit of information, he said that they are likely to get those details soon.
The Delhi Police have so far arrested three persons -- South Delhi-based businessman Rajesh Kalra, late music baron Gulshan Kumar`s brother Kishan Kumar and Sunil Dhara -- in the case. They were all released on bail later.
The police are yet to arrest Sanjeev Chawla, another accused in the case.
Gibbs, who had skipped tours of Indian in the past fearing arrest, agreed to face questioning by the Delhi Police on the current tour before joining his team for the Champions Trophy being held in India.