India v Australia: Online betting racket busted in Delhi

The racket was on in the area for about a month and they seized total 12 mobiles and 3 laptops.

Steve Smith India v Australia
Australian captain Steve Smith departs after getting out. (Photo Source: Twitter)

An online betting racket was busted in Delhi during the second ODI between India and Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Seven bookies were found gambling illegally in a rented flat on Thursday night and all of them were localities. This is not the first time the city has been the centre of attraction as far as betting is concerned. Recently, 3 bookies were arrested in a police raid during the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) which concluded last month.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Milind Mahadeo Dumbere, the names of those accused are Sumit Malhotra, 30, Ashprit Singh, 25, Anubhav Anand, 22, Sumit Singh Sachdeva, 22, Satnam Singh, 38, Sachin Sehgal, 36, and Gagandeep, 31. They were arrested from Model Town area in Delhi while the match was going on.


Increasing betting rackets plaguing the gentleman’s game

Police also informed that the bookies were accepting bets online and via mobile phones as well. They were aided by the assistance software which helped them in knowing rates and preferences of the people. “The accused were accepting bets online as well as through mobile phones. The bookies had downloaded a betting assistance software which shows rates, timings and preference of persons,” the officer said according to IANS.

The racket was on in the area for about a month and they seized total 12 mobiles and 3 laptops. “Police seized 12 mobile phones, 3 laptops and a notebook containing bets accepted during the match, among other things. The accused had accepted bets totalling Rs 1.95 lakh and won about INR 27,570 in bet money,” the officer added.

The gentleman’s game has been plagued by increasing betting rackets as every time during the tournament in India betting rackets are busted and the Indian Premier League (IPL) is an easy target for most bookies to make money.