These 14 film stars had attended the wedding of the accused running a betting app! Treasure worth Rs 417 crore seized in the raid – Mahadev Book App Online Betting Platform Promoter Saurabh Chandrakar Marriage UAE Video Hawala 200 Crore Bollywood Celebrities ED Crime pvzs
Saurabh Chandrakar, promoter of online betting platform Mahadev Book App, was married in the United Arab Emirates in February. For this, a luxurious wedding ceremony was organized there. Whose video is in the hands of Indian agencies. Many Bollywood singers and actors were called to perform in that wedding ceremony and more than Rs 200 crore was paid through hawala.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently raided the hawala operators of Mumbai, Bhopal, Kolkata, who had sent the money for this event to the Mumbai event firm. Singers Neha Kakkar, Sukhwinder Singh, actors Bharti Singh and Bhagyashree were paid to perform in that wedding program. Apart from this, top names associated with Bollywood are also included in the list of performers.
ED found in the investigation that this case of Mahadev Book App and betting is related to some politicians, police officers and associates of politicians of Chhattisgarh. The turnover of this betting app is around Rs 20000 crore.
The names of the following artists are included in the list of those who performed in that wedding ceremony organized in UAE-
1. Atif Aslam
2. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
3. Ali Asghar
4. Vishal Dadlani
5. Tiger Shroff
6. Neha Kakkar
7. Elli Avram
8. Bharti Singh
9. Sunny Leone
12. Kirti Khabanda
13. Nusrat Bharucha
14. Krishna Abhishek
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is investigating M/s Mahadev Online Book Betting App, which provides new users to illegal betting websites. Also, this app is a major syndicate that arranges online platforms capable of creating user IDs of bookies and siphoning off money into benami bank accounts through the web.
ED has recently conducted a massive search operation against the money laundering network linked to Mahadev App in cities like Kolkata, Bhopal, Mumbai etc. and has recovered massive incriminating evidence and frozen and seized crime proceeds of Rs 417 crore.
During the investigation of this case, ED has come to know that Saurabh Chandrakar and Ravi Uppal, residents of Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, are the main promoters of Mahadev Online Book and operate from Dubai. His company M/s Mahadev Online Book runs from a central head office in UAE and operates by giving franchise of “panels/branches” to its known associates at 70%-30% profit ratio.
Hawala operations are carried out on a large scale to transfer betting income to foreign accounts. Betting websites in India are heavily invested in advertising and promotion to attract new users and franchisees (panels). The ED had earlier conducted searches in the state of Chhattisgarh and arrested 4 accused, including the main contactor of this betting syndicate, who used to pay bribes to senior government officials in the form of ‘protection money’.
ED revealed this during searches and raids in Bhopal, Mumbai and Kolkata-
Saurabh Chandrakar and Ravi Uppal have built their empire in UAE. Both of them have suddenly started openly displaying their illegally acquired wealth. Saurabh Chandrakar got married in UAE in February 2023. The promoters of Mahadev App spent approximately Rs 200 crore in cash for this wedding ceremony. Private jets were hired to take the family members from Nagpur to UAE.
For the wedding, wedding planners, dancers, decorators etc. were called from Mumbai and given the work. Hawala channels were used to make all cash payments. ED has collected digital evidence in this regard, according to which, Rs 112 crore was transferred through hawala to an event management company in the name of M/s R-1 Events Private Limited of Yogesh Popat and Rs 42 crore was transferred in cash for hotel booking. Payment was made.
ED searched the premises of Yogesh Popat, Mithilesh and the organizers associated with this wedding. From where evidence related to receiving hawala amount of Rs 112 crore came to light. After this, a search was conducted at Angadiya’s house on the behest of Yogesh Popat. From where unaccounted cash worth Rs 2.37 crore was seized. It was also revealed that many celebrities are supporting these betting organizations and carrying out their work by taking huge fees through suspicious transactions, but all the fees and money are paid from the income of online betting only. Is.
ED searched Dheeraj Ahuja and Vishal Ahuja at M/s Rapid Travels in Bhopal. This unit was responsible for the entire ticketing operations for Mahadev App’s promoters, family, business associates and even celebrities who were endorsing betting websites like Fairplay.com, Reddy Anna App, Mahadev App. The illegal earnings from the betting panels were cleverly deposited by the Ahuja brothers with the main ticket providers. And the wallet balance was used to book domestic and international tickets. M/s Rapid Travels was involved in making travel arrangements for most of the events of Mahadev Group including the annual star-studded events held in UAE in the month of September,
ED has also identified other important players involved in the money laundering operation of Mahadev Online Book App. It was found that Vikas Chhaparia, based in Kolkata, was handling all hawala related work for Mahadev App. ED searched his premises and those of his associates like Govid Kedia. In which it was found that with the help of Govind Kedia, Vikas Chaparia was making huge investments in the Indian stock market through Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) through his entities M/s Perfect Plan Investments LLP, M/s Exim General Trading FZCO and M/s Techpro IT Solutions LLC. Cash and security holdings worth Rs 236.3 crore deposited in the name of beneficial institutions owned by Vikas Chhaparia were seized by ED under PMLA 2002.
Apart from this, under PMLA 2002, ED has also seized assets worth Rs 160 crore in demat holdings of Govind Kumar Kedia. Indian currency worth Rs 18 lakh and gold and jewelery worth Rs 13 crore have also been seized as a result of the search at the premises of Govind Kumar Kedia. So far, ED has conducted searches at 39 places in Raipur, Bhopal, Mumbai and Kolkata and seized illegal assets worth Rs 417 crore. ED has started seriously investigating this matter abroad also. The PMLA Special Court in Raipur has also issued NBWs against the absconding suspects. Further investigation is going on in this matter.
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