The other two bookies against whom Principal district civil and sessions judge AP Bhojak issued non-bailable warrant are Jodhpur-based Sibbu alias Vineet and Rahul Gangwal. All four are yet to respond to ED’s summons. ED had filed an application before the district sessions court seeking non-bailable warrant against all four.
An Ahmedabad court on Saturday issued non-bailable warrant against four cricket bookies, including Mumbai-based Anil Jaisinghani and Sukhwinder Singh Sodhi, whose places were raided by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on last Friday.The other two bookies against whom Principal district civil and sessions judge AP Bhojak issued non-bailable warrant are Jodhpur-based Sibbu alias Vineet and Rahul Gangwal. All four are yet to respond to ED’s summons. ED had filed an application before the district sessions court seeking non-bailable warrant against all four.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, Jaisinghani was issued summons to appear before ED officials in Ahmedabad after his premises was raided on May 22. Jaisinghani, who got himself admitted in hospital and evaded arrest, however, failed to appear personally. His lawyer informed the office that his client has to undergo operation and could not appear in person. dna had front-paged a series of articles on the drama that unfolded at Jaisinghani’s premises and how the bookie was making use of the police protection to confront ED officials. Following the reports, chief minister Fadnavis ordered that Jaisinghani be stripped off security.A suspect under scanner by ICC watchdog Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, and arrested for betting thrice – in Ulhasnagar (2002), Raipur (2005) and Mumbai (2009) – under the Gambling and Telegraph Act), Jaisinghani was hotly pursued by ED because of his close dealings with master-mind bookie Mukesh Sharma, who runs the notorious betting website betfair.com on which Jaisinghani had several accounts.The ED had invoked very stringent provisions under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Jaisinghani as he was known to keep police on the run often. Ironically, Jaisinghani’s name shows up as a history-sheeter on Thane police website.The officials, in May 22 raids, also seized fixed deposits, insurances, 54 kg silver, gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 54 crore from the residences of Sibbu alias Vineet and Rahul Gangwal in Jodhpur. According to ED sources, Sibbu managed hawala transactions between the bookies of India, Pakistan and Dubai. Sukhwinder is based in UAE and used to handle the dealings between Mukesh and betfair.com.The international cricket betting racket busted by Ahmedabad zonal unit of ED during the ICC Cricket World Cup in March this year is estimated to be of more than Rs 10,000 crore, sources had told dna. Mukesh Sharma sent to judicial custodyDelhi-based bookies and sole distributor of www.betfair.com Mukesh Sharma was sent to judicial custody by the district sessions court as the Enforcement Directorate did not ask for further remand. The ED had told dna that it believes that Mukesh was buying login IDs and passwords from UK and selling it for a premium to Indian bookies. Since betting is illegal in India, it is through these accounts that bets were being placed.
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