Delhi Police arrested sixteen people, including three chartered accountants under section 3 and section 4 of the Delhi Gambling Act.
The police have recovered 37 playing bricks, 1000 playing chips, and a cash amount of Rs. 1,95,000 from the sixteen accused persons. On Thursday, the South Delhi Police busted a huge gambling racket of sixteen individuals who are identified as Ankur Bindal (30) and his father Manish Bindal (55), Prashant Goyal (43), who owns a transport company, Vivek Jain (28) who is the son of an ACP in Delhi Police, a chartered accountant Aakash Sarda (30).
Other accused are Abhishek Sharma (34), Sajan Mukhia (27), Moksh Arora (31), who is a steel trader; Sahil Kumar, who is preparing for competitive exams; Lalit Khanna (39), owner of a consultancy firm, Sachin Gupta (44) who owns a printing firm, Kartik Kalla (48) who is the creative head at a radio firm and other private company employees Damanjeet Sodhi (43), Shashank Jain (32), Himanshu Jain (34) and Arjun Arora (58).
The police had received information about the operations of the gambling racket in M-Block, South Extension. A team formed to bust the gambling racket arrived, thereby laying a strategic trap and raiding the place where sixteen people were found involved in gambling. The government has been making efforts to prevent gambling from the state.
“The Police acted immediately after receiving the information, and as per the direction of officers, a team was formed and sent to bust the gambling racket at the place. The team raided sixteen people who were found to be involved in gambling,” said Benita Mary Jaiker, DCP of South Delhi.
The arrested father-son duo disclosed during the investigation that they have been running the casino since April this year. They confessed that they had also given protection money to the local police. The accused individuals have also disclosed the name of police personnel, who was then identified by the investigation team.
Gambling and betting are illegal in many Indian states. According to the Public Gambling Act of 1867, running or being in charge of a public gambling house is prohibited in the country. However, there are many illegal gambling and betting operations that police are trying to stop.
Gambling is a state subject in India. Only a few states like Goa and Sikkim have legalized gambling within their territory. Recently Karnataka has banned gambling and related activities in their state. However, there are many online casinos and gambling sites where Indian players can wager on their favorite casino games.
These online casino sites are licensed and registered under offshore gambling regulators. They offer India-friendly casino products to players and allow them to experience the thrill of gambling. Many people suggest that gambling should be regulated in the country; otherwise, there will be a rise in illegal casinos and betting operations.