Chhattisgarh: Opposition urges ED to probe FEMA, PMLA angle in Mahadev online betting scam

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Opposition BJP in Chhattisgarh presented a number of documents to the Raipur office of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday, requesting an inquiry into the Mahadev App Betting scandal on the grounds that the internet portal was used to smuggle thousands of crores of dollars.

Rajesh Munat, a former minister and BJP leader, and party leader Naresh Gupta gave a collection of paperwork to the ED deputy director, alleging that senior government officials and members of the ruling party were associated with the usage of this online betting site for money laundering.

Following their meeting with ED representatives, BJP leaders told the media that the Enforcement Directorate should look into money laundering through the online betting site Mahadev Book. The opposition leaders claimed that the contentious Mahadev App originated in the Durg area and cited the fact that the ED had requested information from the Durg district local police regarding specifics, including information regarding the current status of the local police’s investigation.

The BJP executives, however, firmly declined to provide additional information regarding the materials they submitted to the central organization. There have reportedly been transactions worth more than Rs 5000 crore through this online platform over the past few years, according to earlier reports.

It is believed that the company’s corporate accounts are associated with fictitious businesses that move or launder money gained through illegal online gambling software to secure locations in the Middle East. Chhattisgarh police have detained more than 250 people in the last three months as part of their crackdown on illicit betting software, including a dozen key figures connected to the contentious online gaming platform.

The arrested suspects allegedly operated centers at several locations to entice people to engage in online gambling using the Mahadev gaming program. According to reports, several of the suspects are in the Middle East. On January 1, 2023, authorities in the Durg district of Chhattisgarh launched a significant crackdown on the internet gambling and detained six people, revealing the links between Pakistan and Dubai.

The promoters of the Mahadev App are from Durg and oversee the betting sitting in Dubai, according to the police’s preliminary inquiry. It is believed that the actions taken by the gaming platform may be subject to strict Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and PMLA requirements. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel claimed that the state government had already pushed the center to establish policies to regulate online betting and gambling games after the Mahadev betting scam came to light.