The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched an investigation into a nationwide network of bookmakers allegedly influencing the outcome of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in 2019 after receiving contributions from Pakistan, people close to them said on Saturday. of development.
The agency named seven bookmakers located in Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Hyderabad, as well as “unknown officials” and “unknown private persons” in two cases registered on Friday evening. Searches were also carried out at their premises. It is alleged that the accused ran a nationwide network to induce the public to bet on cricket matches.
“Reliable information has been received about a network of individuals involved in cricket betting influencing the outcome of Indian Premier League matches based on information received from Pakistan,” the federal agency said in a statement. first information reports. “Under the guise of betting related to IPL matches, they deceive the general public into betting.”
“To this end, they opened bank accounts (mule accounts) using fake identities and Know Your Customer documents in collusion with the unknown bank officials,” he said. “These bank accounts were opened by submitting falsified information such as multiple dates of birth and without due diligence by bank officials.”
Some of the money received from the public in India for betting was shared by their associates based in foreign countries using hawala transactions, the agency added. Hawala is an informal financial transaction system used primarily to launder unaccounted funds.
The agency, however, did not say how the defendants influenced the matches, or whether they had contact with players or team officials.
Investigators are looking into a larger conspiracy in the case, according to an official who declined to be named.
Those named in the CBI cases include Dileep Kumar from Delhi, Gurram Satish and Gurram Vasu from Hyderabad, and Sajjan Singh, Prabhu Lal Meena, Ram Avtar and Amit Kumar Sharma from Rajasthan for participating in the bet in 2019. They were involved in betting cricket since 2010, according to investigators.
The agency has tracked transactions worth approximately ₹10 crore, including cash deposits in the accounts of Kumar, Satish and Vasu, and ₹80 lakh in the accounts of the Rajasthan-based defendants.
Dileep Kumar managed a number of bank accounts in which domestic cash deposits worth more than ₹43 lakh have been made since 2013, defying economic logic, CBI said.
It also detected that in the six bank accounts managed by Gurram Satish, cash deposits worth ₹4.55 crore (domestic) and ₹3.05 lakh (foreign) was made between 2012 and 2020, and in the case of Gurram Vasu, the amount was ₹5.37 crores during the period.
There was no recognizable business rationale to explain the transactions in the accounts, the CBI alleged.
“Those involved run the cricket betting racketeer, commit fraud by inducing the general public to bet and thereby deceive the public of their hard-earned money and also engage in identity theft in operating various bank accounts,” the FIR said.