Mumbai/New Delhi: At least three games in the ongoing Indian Premier League are under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate. The ED arrested alleged bookies across Jaipur, Thane and New Delhi on Friday, according to reports.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday arrested a suspected Delhi-based bookie after launching searches in multiple cities as part of its hawala and money laundering probe against some betting syndicates in connection with the latest IPL T20 cricket matches.
Mukesh Kumar, who was arrested in New Delhi on Friday by the ED, was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Ajay Garg where the agency alleged that he was involved in sending money in and outside the country through hawala transactions.
"The searches are aimed at investigating some top links active in betting in matches in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament. This is an extension of similar raids that were conducted by the agency on May 10," the sources said.
Some cash, jewellery and computer hardware have been seized from all the locations.
They said in Mumbai, the suspect bookie got himself admitted to a hospital as soon as the raids were conducted and they claimed even his mobile was taken away by his family members.
Sleuths also searched the premises of suspected bookies in Jaipur and Thane as they have been found to be using the Hawala route to transfer bettings funds abroad and obtain similar money into India from people betting in IPL matches.
ED authorities are also mulling to seek the help of CERT-In to clamp down on the operations of the said betting site in India.
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