March 21, 2015 3:41:21 am
A day after busting the cricket betting racket in Vadodara while betting on India-Bangladesh cricket world cup match the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Ahmedabad handed over the accused to Vadodara police on Friday evening.
They will lodge an FIR against the accused and based on the charges the ED will initiate its inquiry.
The reason the ED officials could not arrest the accused is that gambling doesn’t fall under prevention of money laundering act, 2002 (PMLA).
Vadodara police commissioner E Radhakrishna said, “We told the ED officials yesterday that the case falls under our jurisdiction but only today they decided to hand over the accused to us. The case falls under Kishanwadi police station where an FIR will be lodged against 14 accused persons under gambling act, I-T act among others.”
On Thursday the ED officials had raided a bungalow near Golden Chokdi on the outskirts of Vadodara. They apprehended persons included two notorious international bookies identified as Girish Patel alias Tommy, from Unjha in north Gujarat, who has a house in Ahmedabad and Kiran Thakkar alias Mala, a resident of Maninagar.
Officials seized over 100 cell phones and a dozen lap tops. The ED sealed the bungalow while its owner is absconding. Officials also seized 40 live cartridges from the house of Mala while Rs 1 lakh was recovered from the residence of Tommy. Sources said the duo were part of an international racket betting on every domestic and international cricket match.
They were using UK-based website http://www.betfair.com and allegedly sent Rs 5 crore per match to bookies in Pakistan and Dubai.
Roughly, every year they put money on over 200 such matches fetching them Rs 20 crore per match. Officials said it was early to establish how much money was generated but said that crores of rupees was remitted abroad in the last two years.
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