The Mumbai crime branch has asked film producer Nitin Manmohan to submit details of his finances for his movie Gali Gali Chor Hai over the next two to three days. This, after a crime branch probe into the cricket betting racket revealed that a part of the film was allegedly financed by bookie Prakash Chandanni, who, police claim, operates under Sunil Dubai, a top bookie.
A crime branch official, while speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that during his interrogation on May 28, Manmohan admitted that he knew Sunil Abhichandani alias Sunil Dubai, and Chandanni. Police said Manmohan claimed he knew them only as financiers and was not aware that they were bookies.
He also told the police that the financing for the film was done through cheques, following which the police have asked him for the details.
Police have also claimed that several Bollywood personalities are known to these bookies. However, since there is no visible trace of any financial dealings, the police will not be questioning these persons from the film industry.
The probe into the betting racket began after the property cell of the crime branch raided a flat in Lokhandwala, Kandivli, following a tip-off on May 17. Police have arrested alleged bookies Soun Jalan, Devendra Kothari and Feroz Ansari from the flat along with four others. Jalan's and Kothari's interrogation threw up the Bollywood link, police said.