ED summoned Ranbir Kapoor over the Mahadev betting app controversy. Bollywood and Pakistani celebrities are under scrutiny for alleged connections.
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Mumbai – In a surprising turn of events, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor to connect with the Mahadev online betting app case.
Ranbir Kapoor is expected to present himself before the agency on 6 October.
Mahadev Betting App Case: A Closer Look
Launched by Sourabh Chandrakar and Ravi Uppal, the Mahadev betting app is now at the center of a money laundering probe.
While the app is banned in India, its operations continue in other countries.
ED’s recent raids in Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bhopal have seized assets worth ₹417 crore.
Ranbir Kapoor endorsed the Mahadev betting app.
Allegedly, he received compensation for his promotional activities.
However, he is not the only celebrity in the spotlight.
Celebrity Involvement Raises Eyebrows
Reports from the news platform India Today suggest that several celebrities, both Indian and Pakistani, are under ED’s radar.
Names like Tiger Shroff, Sunny Leone, Neha Kakkar, Atif Aslam, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan have emerged, mainly because of their presence at Chandrakar’s lavish Dubai wedding.
As per ED, Bollywood luminaries, including Vishal Dadlani, Tiger Shroff, and Sunny Leone, performed at this grand affair.
The agency might soon summon these celebrities for further inquiries.
The Dubai Connection
Two young men, Chandrakar and Uppal, moved from Chhattisgarh to Dubai.
From humble beginnings of running juice stalls and tire stores, they skyrocketed into online betting, creating an empire worth over Rs 6,000 crore.
Their rise and subsequent fall is nothing short of a dramatic movie plot.
Why Are Celebrities Under Scrutiny?
At least 17 celebrities are believed to be on ED’s watchlist.
These celebrities were reportedly involved in events organized by Mahadev’s promoters.
Allegations suggest that payments, often huge sums, were made in cash through hawala channels to an events management company.
Expanding The Net: Other Accused
ED has identified several key figures in this money laundering saga.
Vikash Chhaparia from Kolkata is said to be overseeing all hawala-related activities for the app.
The ED has frozen assets linked to him and his associate, Govind Kedia, valued in hundreds of crores.
Till Now: The Progress
The ED has searched 39 locations across India, seizing assets worth Rs 417 crore.
Non-Bailable Warrants have also been issued against those evading the authorities.
Chandrakar, Uppal, and Their Betting Empire
Operating from Dubai, the duo has made a fortune through their online betting app, bypassing Indian regulations.
The app’s success has allowed it to dominate India’s illicit offshore gambling sector, acquiring and introducing several brands.