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ED cracks down on IPL bookies.

THE Enforcement Directorate ( ED) on Sunday conducted searches at multiple locations in Delhi and Gurgaon in connection with its hawala and money laundering probe against some betting syndicates, which are suspected of having placed bets worth ` 400- 500 crore in the ongoing season of the Indian Premiere League ( IPL).

Officials said the ED team comprising 15 members detained a few suspected bookies and seized 250 mobile phones from them during the raids in Shastri Nagar ( north Delhi), Karol Bagh ( central Delhi) and Palam Vihar in Gurgaon.

and Palam Vihar in Gurgaon.

Apart from Delhi- NCR, eight other places in Mumbai, Bangalore and Jaipur have also been raided by the probe agency.

Importantly, ED sleuths have found a Pakistan- based bookie involved in the entire scam. A case has been registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act ( PMLA). The agency has also launched a hunt for Ritesh Bansal, one of the notorious bookies. The betting racket was allegedly run from Gurgaon and the money was transacted

from two premises in Karol Bagh.

The accused have also been charged under Sections 418 ( cheating), 419 ( punishment for cheating), 420 ( cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 ( forgery of valuable security), 471 ( using forged document as genuine) along with Section 120( b) ( criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. While officials could not reveal the name of the Pakistan- based conduit, they claimed that the betting racket is not only confined to India and Pakistan and the ED also searched for a person named Mukesh Sharma, who had an illegal tie- up with a UK- based betting site. Since, betting is illegal and payment for login ID and password was not possible from India, Sharma used to buy login ID and password from Dubai and sell it at a premium to Indian customers.

An official said Mukesh Sharma has run away from India and is currently hiding in Dubai.

The raids were conducted by officials from the agency's Ahmedabad and Delhi offices.

ED has been probing an alleged pan India IPL betting racket.

The ED's unit in Ahmedabad had busted a betting racket and arrested some bookies along with 13 other people from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Vadodara in Gujarat in March, sources informed.

The two bookies arrested during the raid -- Kiran Bala and Tommy Patel -- had revealed information about an alleged network of bookies in north India. It was revealed that they were in real- time contact with bookies in Pakistan and Dubai.

For a single match, they took bets of ` 10 crore from bookies in Pakistan and Dubai, and another ` 10 crore bets from Indian bookies. They used mobile phones, Skype as well as Betfair. Com ( an online betting exchange), officials said.

Probe agency conducts raids across India

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Date:May 11, 2015
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