I found that Google Chrome doesn't auto-detect Java applets in Linux. Following commands will link the Java applet plugin to Chrome. Enter these in Terminal. Make sure you put the correct path for the JRE in /usr/lib/jvm/<jdk1.6.0_22>/jre/lib/i386/libnpjp2.so.
sudo mkdir /opt/google/chrome/pluginsNow, link the plugin libnpjp2 to /opt/google/chrome/plugins directory by running the following. Double check whether the JRE path is correct.
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.6.0_22/jre/lib/i386/libnpjp2.so
Like to know whether this solution works in other Linux distros as well. Let us know in the comments.