Gurgaon: Casino operator was to open another club

  • Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jan 15, 2015 14:37 IST

The casino operator who turned the DLF Phase 2 house into a full-fledged gambling club is a history-sheeter and had been arrested earlier for similar offences in Punjab and Delhi.

According to the police, Naresh Malhora, 35, was planning to open another casino in Gurgaon Sector 50. He had already taken a bungalow on rent and prepared a team of trained staff for the new club.

With a separate team of trained professionals, Malhotra had plans to open the King Club casino at a posh area of Delhi as well. Malhotra had operated casinos in posh residential areas of Delhi and Punjab and was arrested during 2013-14.

“We were astonished to find a full-fledged dice joint being run in the residential area in the basement of the 680-yard plot. He had recently taken a house on rent at Sector 50 and had formed a trained team to run the casino,” said assistant commissioner of police (DLF) Ramesh Pal.

Malhotra hails from Amritsar, Punjab and has been living in Gurgaon with his wife and two children for the past three years. Before starting the casino, Malhotra along with his family stayed in the house for four days to win the trust of the landlord, said the police.

“The landlord had visited the house twice but found the wife and children so he thought he has moved with his family members and would be operating a guest house. Malhotra was travelling outstation that day. After that he did not visit as he had already received the rent and he did not want to interfere in his tenant’s work,” said Pal.

How police traced Casino?

On Saturday night, a police informer overheard a mobile conversation near Sikanderpur Metro station on MG Road when one of the club members was inviting a friend from Delhi to King Club casino and asking him to carry along Rs 1 lakh cash for the entry, sources said.

Malhotra used to earn nearly Rs 4-5 lakh daily from the business but he never played himself. He used to keep the margins which already used to be high.

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