The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday launched searches in Delhi, Mumbai and Thane in regard with its hawala and money laundering probe against some betting syndicates related to the latest IPL T20 cricket matches.
Sources said eight to 10 premises in these cities and locations in Thane and Gurgaon were being covered by the agency’s Ahmedabad office.
The searches are aimed at probing some top links active in betting in IPL matches. This is an extension of similar raids conducted by the agency on May 10, sources said.
Aaction has been mounted on suspects who acted as bookies during the recent IPL matches. The probe is being handled by ED’s Ahmedabad office which is investigating the case of hawala and money laundering. A team of 30 officials are part of search teams.
Earlier, the searches were largely conducted in Delhi. Two Delhi-based alleged bookies were also arrested. More than Rs 26 lakh was seized, apart from a cache of computer peripherals, mobiles and hard drives.
The office lodged a money laundering case against two prime suspects and a few others in connection with the alleged racket suspected to be between Rs 1,000 to Rs 4,000 crore.