Due to their involvement in the Mahadev online betting case, including their attendance at the promoter of the app’s wedding and success party in the UAE, the Enforcement Directorate is looking into their role and is expected to call Bollywood celebrities and singers.
Leading Bollywood celebrities and singers are likely to be subpoenaed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as part of the continuing probe into the Mahadev online betting case.
India Today published an exclusive story on actors and musicians who attended Sourabh Chandrakar, the man behind the Mahadev Book app,’s wedding in the UAE in February.
Tiger Shroff, Sunny Leone, Neha Kakkar, Ali Asgar, Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Vishal Dadlani, Elli Avram, Bhagyashree, Kriti Kharbanda, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Krushna Abhishek, and Sukhwinder Singh were among them.
The ED and police departments of numerous states are looking into the Mahadev Book app, an online betting platform.
Digital evidence acquired by the Enforcement Directorate shows that Rs 112 crore was supplied via hawala to an event management business, while cash payments totaling Rs 42 crore were made for hotel reservations, according to the sources.
Bollywood heavy hitters are visible in a video purportedly of Sourabh Chandrakar’s wedding.
The success party for the app, which was hosted by Chandrakar and the second promoter, Ravi Uppal, in September, was also the subject of an investigation, according to sources.
Several Bollywood stars and singers who are now being investigated by the ED also attended the triumph celebration.
According to sources, event management companies paid the bigwigs in Bollywood with cash through hawala for both events.
Additionally, they claimed that a “top” actor had been enlisted and paid in crores by the event agency for the app’s success celebration this year.
ED’s ACTION IN THE CASE
In connection with the Mahadev online betting case, the Enforcement Directorate froze and seized assets worth Rs 417 crore on Friday.
The business allegedly used the online book betting program to sign up new users, generate user IDs, and launder money through a complex network of Benami bank accounts while operating out of Dubai.
The ED said that large-scale hawala activities are being out to divert gambling winnings to offshore accounts.
It said that significant financial resources are also being spent in India on advertising for betting websites in an effort to draw in new customers and franchise (panel) applicants.
The promoters of the business are from the Chhattisgarh city of Bhilai, and the Mahadev Online Book Betting application is a collective syndicate that organizes online platforms for facilitating illicit betting websites.