Mumbai Police have booked Dabur Group Chairman Mohit V. Burman and Director Gaurav V. Burman in the Mahadev betting app scam. The duo has been named in the FIR lodged by the Mumbai Police on November 7, along with 31 other accused including Bollywood actor Sahil Khan. The Dabur Group has not yet responded to the allegations.
The Mahadev app is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for its widespread influence among politicians, glamour personalities, and now even corporates. The first complaint was lodged by a social worker Prakash Bankar with Matunga Police who claimed that thousands of people have been cheated of over Rs 15,000-crore through the betting app. The Matunga Police have registered the FIR invoking various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Gambling Act, the IT Act, and further probe is underway.
The Mahadev app has allegedly paid more than Rs 500-crore to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Currently, leaders of the ruling Congress and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party are hurling allegations as the matter is under investigation in Chhattisgarh amidst Assembly elections. The Centre has blocked 22 illegal betting sites, including Mahadev app, which Bhilai-based Sourabh Chandrakar and Ravi Uppal, plus other people, promoted and ran. The app has international links with allegations that huge sums of hush money were being siphoned off through the ‘hawala’ routes. The ED’s plea was acted upon by the Centre.