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ED files charge sheet against 7 alleged cricket bookies

PTI 16 Jun 2015, 8:47:26 AM IST

Ahmedabad: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) yesterday filed a charge sheet in the Rs 2,500 crore cricket betting racket against seven alleged bookies in a special court here saying they laundered this amount in four months.

In the charge sheet filed in the court of Principal District Judge A P Bhojak hearing Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases, the ED mentioned that various evidences related to money laundering were found against the seven accused, including the three who were arrested from Delhi.

The charge sheet filed on the last day of the stipulated period of 60 days named Kiran Thakkar alias Kiran Mala, Girish Patel alias Tommy Patel, Dharmendra Chauhan, Chirag Parikh, Ankush Bansal, his brother Ritesh Bansal, and Mukesh Sharma.

Of them, Kiran and Tommy were nabbed by the ED during a raid at a farmhouse in Vadodara on March 19. Later, the ED nabbed their accomplices Chauhan and Parikh. In May, the ED arrested the Bansal brothers and Sharma from Delhi and brought them here on a transit remand.

The ED charge sheet stated that all the seven accused were involved in accepting bets for various national as well as international cricket matches.

It is alleged that this syndicate made betting transactions worth more than Rs 2,500 crore using various hawala channels during four months, from December to March.

The ED also submitted documentary evidences of more than 2,000 pages along with the main charge sheet of around 40 pages. The documents included forensic reports as well as details of seizure of property worth Rs 6 crore.