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IPL betting case: Kolkata bookie to be quizzed by Thane cops

Junior Kolkata, who is wanted in several states, is believed to have changed his location to London recently from Bangkok where he was holed up for nearly a year.

mumbai Updated: Jun 11, 2018 23:58 IST
Debasish Panigrahi
Debasish Panigrahi
Hindustan Times
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Mumbai-based Sonu Jalan (above), according to the police, has long been a partner of Junior Kolkata, who earlier lived in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

A top cricket bookie from Kolkata, called “Appu Kolkata”, is going to be summoned by the Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC) for questioning in connection with the on-going probe into an alleged extortion case involving key Mumbai bookie Sonu Jalan.

The development comes in the backdrop of findings that Jalan, whose earnings from the recently concluded Indian Premiere League (IPL) season allegedly ran into several hundred crores of rupees, has invested heavily in real estate and hospitality business in Sri Lanka and London jointly with Appu’s elder brother and top bookie, Junior Kolkata, who is currently absconding.

“Appu is also a partner in the business,” senior Pradeep Sharma, Thane AEC told HT on Monday. “His questioning has become imperative to know Sonu’s investments in properties in London and Sri Lanka which he made from the proceeds of his bookmaking enterprise,” he said.

Sharma said Junior, who is wanted in several states, is believed to have changed his location to London recently from Bangkok where he was holed up for nearly a year.

Kandivli-based Sonu, according to the police, has long been a partner of Junior, who earlier lived in Mumbai. The duo is among the top-most cricket bookies in the country and worked closely with Dubai-based international bookie Anil Kothari. Kothari has a long association with top Pakistani bookies Ethsam and Doctor who are key aides of fugitive Dawood Ibrahim.

The Thane police have started a parallel probe into Sonu’s millions which he had generated from his betting syndicate over the past decade, amid findings that he had made a transaction of over Rs600 crore during the IPL 2018. “He has been active for over a decade now. We are gathering details of his investments in India and abroad,” Sharma said, adding that the properties would face attachment.

Sonu has been booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) which entails the attachment of the accused property generated from the proceeds of his crime.

The police claim that Sonu had taken the help of gangster Ravi Pujari’s help in threatening his punters, including Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan, for collection of betting money. The statement of Arbaaz, Bollywood producer Parag Shanghvi and Sonu’s former partner, Sameer Budha, has already been recorded.

Sharma said that the police would be approaching the Interpol (through CBI) for issuing Red Corner Notice (RCN) against half a dozen of fugitive bookies connected to Sonu’s syndicate soon after the chargesheet in the case was filed.

First Published: Jun 11, 2018 23:58 IST