Delhi police sought 14-day custodial interrogation of Chawla, who was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhir Kumar Sirohi.
Chawla, a British national as per Delhi Police charge sheet, absconding hitherto in the match fixing case, was linked with several worldwide cricketers, including Indian players, sources in the crime branch of the Delhi Police revealed.
A previous extradition of Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, wanted in connection with the Godhra riots in Gujarat, from the United Kingdom to India in October 2016 had been uncontested and therefore did not have to go through various levels of appeals in the United Kingdom courts.
The Delhi police had sought Chawla's extradition because of his alleged involvement in the match-fixing controversy which eventually implicated Cronje, who confessed during the King Commission inquiry to accepting money from bookies to fix matches during South Africa's ODI series in India in 2000.
The cricketers' phone numbers are said to have appeared on Chawla's phone records between January and March 2000 - the period he was allegedly involved in match-fixing talks with Cronje.
Chawla fought extradition for four years on human rights grounds amid concerns of overcrowding and the risk of violence and torture inside Delhi's infamous Tihar prison. Chawla has also been accused of trying to bribe two England players in August 1999. During a hearing on January 16, the Indian government assured the UK High Court that Chawla will be accommodated in a separate cell with proper "safety and security".
After undergoing a medical examination at the Delhi's Indira Gandhi airport, he was taken to the Tihar jail complex where he is likely to remain in custody for a number of months before facing trial.
Upon further investigations, the Delhi Police found that Cronje had persuaded some of his team-mates to agree to underperform in an ODI in 2000 during the India tour.
According to the court documents filed by Chawla in the UK High Court, he is a Delhi-born businessman.