A betting racket approximated at a staggering value of Rs. 2000 crores was exposed by the Ahmedabad zonal unit of Enforcement Directorate (ED). The racket was an international one, and primarily consisted of betting on the ongoing IPL games. The racket was busted on Sunday, when bets were placed in IPL games in Delhi and Gurgaon.
The ED officials also arrested two bookies, known in the betting circles as Ritesh Bansal alias ‘Bharat Delhi’. Along with Bansal three other people were arrested as well on the night of 8thMay. The group was arrested from a flat in the Palam Vihar locality in Gurgaon.
As per reports, Bansal has connections with the notorious duo of Kiran Mala and Tommy Patel. The duo is main accused of placing bets during the 2015 World Cup. The two bookies were managing a syndicate which was worth more than Rs 4000 crores.
The ED officials, aided by intelligence reports, raided 8 premises in Delhi and Gurgaon on late Friday night. The bookies were caught red handed, placing bets and the officials seized more than 250 mobile phones and 10 laptops.
The bookies made use of the same modus operandi which was used in the 2015 World Cup. In this scenario as well, bets were placed through a UK-based website – betfair.com. Since the government had banned the website, the bookies availed the benefits of a proxy server to place the bets.
As per the officials, in each IPL game, transactions worth 50-60 crores were made. The interaction between the people involved took place through Skype.