Cricket betting: ED arrests three bookies

A day after raiding several residential and office premises of alleged cricket bookies in various cities, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday arrested three persons- two from New Delhi and one from Ahmedabad.

Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Updated: July 16, 2015 2:44 am

A day after raiding several residential and office premises of alleged cricket bookies in various cities, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday arrested three persons- two from New Delhi and one from Ahmedabad. The trio are allegedly involved in the betting racket busted by the officials earlier this year in Vadodara.

The ED officials had conducted search operations in New Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur and Bhopal in connection with money laundering case in multi-crore betting racket on Tuesday. The officials arrested Ashish Grover alias “Sam” and Aman Kapur from Delhi and Paresh Bhatia from Ahmedabad. Bhatia is a resident of Mumbai. ED officials have got the transit remand of Grover and Kapur from a Delhi court who will be produced before a special PMLA court in Ahmedabad.

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The case links to the alleged match fixing cases in the recently concluded IPL tournament. At least three matches of the IPL 8 are under scanner.

The officials also receovered Rs 60 lakh cash, eight cell phones, two laptops and related documents from the residence of the alleged bookie Kapur. While the search at Grover’s place recovered five cell phones and documents related to settling the amounts generated through the betting.

The ED officials had filed its first chargesheet last month against seven persons ― Girish Patel alias Tommy Patel, 34, Kiran Mala, 48, Chirag Parikh, 42, Dharmendrasinh Chauhan alias Dharmin Chauhan, 38 ― all residents of Ahmedabad, Ritesh Bansal alias Bharat and his brother Ankush Bansal, both from New Delhi and Mukesh Kumar alias Mukesh Delhi alias Mukesh Sharma. They have given names of hundreds of bookies operating in India and abroad.

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