A special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases sent two alleged Delhi-based bookies to Enforcement Directorate’s custody here today in connection with a case of international cricket betting involving Rs 2,500 crore.
Special PMLA Court Judge A P Bhojak sent Ashish Grover and Aman Kapoor, who were arrested yesterday from Delhi, to ED custody until July 20, acting on the prosecution’s remand application seeking ten days’ custodial interrogation of the duo.
ED, which searched their Delhi residences and offices, claimed to have found evidence establishing their links with prime accused Tommy Patel and Kiran Mala, after which the probe agency arrested them yesterday.
ED stated in its remand application that Grover paid Rs 57.37 crore to the Gujarat-based bookies and he had links with Ritesh Bansal, alias ‘Bharat Delhi’, who was arrested last month.
Besides, Grover ran a cricket betting network under ‘SAM Delhi’ linked to an international cricket betting racket, ED’s advocate Rajesh Kanani submitted.
ED found electronic evidence and cash worth around Rs 60 lakh from Aman Kapoor, which they allege established his links with the betting racket, he said.
However, Aman Kapoor’s advocate Bhavik Shah said that ED had arrested his client merely on the basis of suspicion and there is no substantial evidence against him.
Shah said that since Kapoor was in ED’s custody for a day and had told them everything he knew, there is no need for further custodial interrogation.
Ashish Grover’s advocate Salim Naqvi also opposed the remand application moved by the prosecution agency, denying any links with the betting racket.
On March 19, during the ICC cricket World Cup, ED had busted the betting racket and arrested bookies Kiran Mala and Tommy Patel from a farm house on the outskirts of Vadodara. ED alleged that Mala and Patel were in touch with all big bookies in the country as well as of Pakistan and Dubai.
Following the trail, ED conducted searches to nab other bookies involved in the Rs 2,500-crore cricket betting racket.