Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav, who is already serving a life term in a prison in Dehradun for a murder, was arrested on Wednesday by Delhi Police in connection with an organised “online betting” racket.
A case under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act(MCOCA ) was registered last year at the Bhajanpura police station.
More than a dozen people were arrested after a raid was conducted on August 26-27 last year at a building in Bhajanpura from where the betting racket was being run.
The former UP minister has been arrested on alleged charges of accepting protection money from members of the gang that cheated people by luring them to invest in ‘betting’, police said.
The gang convinced investors that the betting was a government-approved lottery system. The arrested persons included Roshan Lal Verma and Amarnath Bajaj, masterminds of the syndicate.
Verma and Bajaj said during questioning that they were closely associated with gangster-turned politician Yadav, and it was he who allegedly had led them into the illegal betting business.
The two said they used to send Rs 2 lakh per day as protection money to Yadav and his family members.
Ajit Kumar Singla, deputy commissioner of police (northeast), said Yadav is in a jail in Dehradun in a murder case and they secured his custody on a production warrant. “We arrested Yadav and brought him to Delhi. He was produced before a city court that sent him to 10 days police custody,” said Singla.
Singla said they would interrogate Yadav to establish his role in the nexus and his association with the betting racketeers arrested in the past.
“Yadav is accused of receiving Rs 2 lakh per day as protection money since 2005. We want to grill him to know what he did with the money,” Singla added.
Yadav’s son Vikas and another family member Vishal are also in prison, serving a 30-year jail term for the sensational murder of businessman Nitish Katara in 2002.
In March 2015, Yadav was sentenced to life behind bars by special CBI court for the murder of an MLA 23 years ago. Yadav was sent to the Dehradun jail.
While probing the background of Verma and Bajaj, investigators learnt that the two were running the illegal trade in an organised manner for over a decade and were assisted by over 100 agents active in states such as Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
They were continuing their unlawful activities and had accumulated huge money and property. The two were already arrested by different state police forces.
“Initially a rickshaw-puller, Verma has invested the ill-gotten money in a dairy business, hotels and resorts located in Goa, Kasauli and Delhi. Before entering into the illegal betting trade, Bajaj used to sell tea and biscuits at ISBT, Kashmere gate. They became big shots in the betting world with Yadav’s support,” said an investigator.