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Illegal Betting Caught Over Legal Batting

No doubt that Indian Premium League (IPL) has created a buzz since its inception in 2008 by congregating overseas players from the entire world on Indian local pitches for the shortest format of the cricket known as T20 matches. As this cricket league opened the doors for the young talent of Indian cricketers to showcase their talent and earning big bucks every year, at the same time, it also brings ways of illegal earning of quick money in the form of gambling and betting which is completely prohibited and restricted by Indian legislature.

As the IPL has taken off its 11th edition this year from April 07,  the Shahdara district police has arrested three persons named Nikhil Goyal, Dheeraj and Shekhar Gandhi and busted an IPL gambling racket in the area and recovered 11 mobile phones, one LED TV, one laptop, one set-top box and two remotes from their possession.

On April 14, 2018, secret information regarding gambling at Subhash Park, Shahdara, Delhi was received at Police Station Shahdara. Immediately, a team was constituted comprising SI Kaushik Ghosh, W.HC. Manju, Constable Pintoo and Sanjiv under the supervision of Inspector Youdhbir Singh (SHO/Shahdara). A raid was conducted at Subhash Park, Shahdara, Delhi. Three persons apprehended from there who were betting online by the name Satta on the cricket match of IPL between Mumbai Indians Vs. Delhi Dare Devil's match. During the inquiry, they were identified as 1. Nikhil Goyal R/o West Gorakh Park, Shahdara, Delhi, 2. Dheeraj R/o Durga Puri, Shahdara, Delhi and 3. Shekhar Gandhi R/o Subash Park, Shahdara, Delhi. In this regard, a case with FIR No. 118/18 u/s 3, 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act has been registered at Police Station Shahdara, Delhi.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nupur Prasad stated that on sustained interrogation, it was revealed that accused Shekhar Gandhi was the mastermind of the Satta. He disclosed that the place, i.e., Subhash Park, Shahdara, Delhi, where they played Satta belongs to his relative. During further investigation, all the three accused have confessed that they all came to put a bet on the IPL match with the help of Betting Assistant Application. All the three accused are of the same age of 29 years, and the trio is having the same qualifications of matrix.


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