Mahadev Book: Mumbai police transfer FIR to crime branch

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The Mumbai police have reportedly transferred one of the two FIRs filed at Matunga police station in the Mahadev Book illegal betting app case to the Mumbai crime branch.

Among the 32 names mentioned in it, the police alleged that there are some key operatives helping out the illegal betting network, like Dabur Group Chairman Mohit Burman and Director Gaurav Burman, along with few others.

Dabur, however, has refuted receiving any FIR. Even the one that is allegedly registered is ‘baseless’ as they have nothing to do with the Mahadev Book case, a spokesperson said, claiming that the action coincides with their plan to acquire Religare Enterprises.

“We have not received any formal communication on any such FIR. However, we have sighted the FIR which is being circulated to media houses. The FIR is patently false and baseless. Nothing could be further from the truth than as wrongly stated in the FIR,” the spokesperson further added as per Livemint.

The 25-page FIR was filed based on a complaint by one Prakash Bankar regarding the Khiladi app, which is believed to be a subsidiary of Mahadev Book The FIR has alleged betting on cricket matches, match fixing, Hawala transactions and alleged money laundering through cryptocurrency, The Indian Express reported.

Bankar, in his statement, revealed that the masterminds of Mahadev Book also have other operatives, namely Dinesh Khambhat and Chander Aggarwal. Both of these individuals were put on a high priority list by the Mumbai police.

Aggarwal allegedly works with Mohit Burman and Gaurav Burman. Together, they all operate the Khiladi betting app, Bankar claimed.

Responding to the accusations, a statement from Burmans was released that said, “The FIR is patently false and baseless. Mr Mohit Burman and Mr Gaurav Burman do not even know or have ever met the accused mentioned in the FIR being circulated selectively in the media.”

“There has been no evidence produced to corroborate the allegations made, and this is just a tactic to slander both of them. Curiously, the FIR comes at a time when the Burman family has sought to increase its existing shareholding of 21.24% in Religare Enterprises and launched a legitimate open offer under the SEBI Takeover Code,” the statement further added.