Mumbai Police Commissioner hands ₹15,000 crore fraud case to Crime Branch for in-depth Mahadev betting app case investigation
On November 23, there was a development in the Mahadev betting app case, where an FIR related to alleged illegal gambling and cyber fraud amounting to ₹15,000 crore has been transferred to the Mumbai crime branch for investigation. Mumbai Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar, acknowledging the extensive nature of the probe, decided to hand it over to the crime branch.
The initial FIR was filed earlier this month at Matunga police station in Mumbai against 32 individuals, including Saurabh Chandrakar, Ravi Uppal, Shubham Soni, and others, accused of committing fraud since 2019. According to the FIR, the alleged fraud has affected people to the tune of nearly ₹15,000 crore.
Political Turmoil: ₹508 Crore Payment Controversy
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently made claims based on forensic analysis and statements from a ‘cash courier,’ alleging that the promoters of the Mahadev betting app had paid around ₹508 crore to the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister. These claims are now under investigation. In response, a video featuring Shubham Soni, claiming ownership of the app and providing “proof” of paying ₹508 crore to Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, was released by the BJP. The Chief Minister has denied these allegations.
On November 5, the Central government issued blocking orders against 22 illegal betting platforms, including the Mahadev app, following a request from the ED. This action came after ED investigations into an illegal betting app syndicate and subsequent raids related to the Mahadev app in Chhattisgarh. The Chhattisgarh police have registered at least 75 FIRs in connection with the app, and the ED has also conducted its probe into the case.
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