It was tucked away in a basement of a residential colony in DLF Phase 2 but the feel was definitely that of Kathmandu’s King’s Casino. The décor, the women attendees and the team of eight members hired from Nepal’s best casino. No wonder most gamblers caught in Sunday’s raid were those frequenting Kathmandu casinos, mostly businessmen, realtors and stock market brokers.
Forty three of them were arrested on Sunday but were released on bail within few hours. Naresh Malhotra, who lives in DLF Phase 2, had rented the three-storey building on November 10, 2014 for Rs 3 lakh per month and had spent about Rs 1 crore on furnishings. The club, running from the basement of the 680 yard house with 29 rooms, was given the name King Club and was run by Malhotra’s three partners.
The décor was mostly imported from Nepal; five Nepalese women in uniforms would assist the gamblers; three waiters and bar tenders were also hired on a three-year contract by Malhotra.
The women were dressed in black/brown trousers, white shirt and blue hood sawed jackets with the club logo on the chest.
CCTV cameras were fixed outside the building and in the basement for security reasons and at the gambling point so that one person can keep check on the players at time of money transactions, police said.
The gambling took place in the basement, which had a bar, buffet, cash counter, poker and card tables, all imported from Nepal. The ground floor had reception and office cabins while first and second floor had bedrooms. The casino served only a close-nit network of 56 members who had been frequenting this casino since December 12.