Income Tax (IT) Department’s investigation wing on Tuesday busted a betting racket budding in the DLF Phase 2 area of Gurugram. The raid was conducted on information received from a local source. Unaccounted income of over Rs 100 crore has been unearthed by the officials with as many as 27 mobile phones recovered from the residence where the racket was being operated from. As per the IT Department, similar rackets involving cricket betting are active in other major cities of India as well and this expose can be the clue for such rackets.
The IT department said that this particular area in the city was so far untouched and uninvestigated and the arrested businessman behind the racket has asserted earning over Rs 90 crore all unaccounted from the process. Gurugram Police has registered a case against the arrested accused who is the owner of the house and the mastermind behind the racket. The police are investigating the case further. 27 smartphones, a laptop, Rs 2 crore of cash, a few antennas and briefcases containing mini telephone exchanges have been recovered from the residence, confirmed an IT official. “In the raid, the officers have recovered two indigenous briefcases containing mini telephone exchanges with 27 Nokia mobile phones, smartphones, laptop, two big dish Antennas, modem, one high mast antenna and generator back up, hard cash and foreign currency,” official said.
Gurugram Police was informed about the successful raid after intense interrogation of the accused who was later handed to the police. The IT officials after examining the premises took the suspected betting instruments under their possession. As per media reports, the raid was a part of the joint search operation conducted by the IT Department in the several cities including Goa, Delhi, Kolkata, and Noida. This regime in Gurugram was a follow up of the IT raids which busted casino rackets in Goa where the owners were put to question and it was revealed that illegal cricket betting racket was running in the casinos.
Earlier in September this year, Delhi police had arrested 4 individuals involved in cricket betting scandal in the capital. The 4 accused were placing bets on the recently concluded India vs Australia series. They were arrested from a flat in the Model Town area of the capital. IT Department and the city police teams have been strictly instructed to free up sports from betting and this breakthrough in Gurgaon will help in tracing other such ongoing rackets.