ED raids IPL betting hotspots

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New Delhi:As the ongoing season of the IPL is coming to an end, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday launched searches in multiple cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur in connection with its hawala and money laundering probe against some betting syndicates related to the latest IPL T20 cricket matches.

According to sources, the raids were conducted at about eight to ten premises in these cities and locations in Thane and Gurgaon were being covered during the searches which are being conducted by the Ahmedabad office of the agency in coordination with their local counterparts in these locations.

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“The searches are aimed at investigating some top links active in betting in matches in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament. This is an extension of similar raids that were conducted by the agency on May 10,” the sources said.

They said the action has been mounted on suspects who acted as bookies during the recent IPL matches held in the country. The probe is being handled by the ED’s Ahmedabad office which is investigating the case for hawala and money laundering charges. A team of over 30 officials are part of search teams, the sources said.