Thirteen individuals have been indicted in Karachi as they are reportedly involved in running a spot-fixing and money laundering racket operated with UAE-based Indian bookies during the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
On the contrary, the court has reserved the bail plea of one of the accused aka Chitta.
Karachi Banking Court judge, Abdul Karim Ansari had ordered the DG FIA in the previous gathering to inquire against the investigation officer, Fareed Ahmed Khan, over a faulty investigation in the case.
The court has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to bring evidence in the next hearing. The next hearing is likely to take place on October 8.
According to details, Mahendra Kumar, Naresh Kumar alias KG and Naresh Kumar, aka Jani had been arrested in February and March by the federal agency. They are accused of operating a spot-fixing and gambling racket for Dubai-based Indian bookies in the PSL 2020. These accused have pleaded not guilty.
They were allegedly involved in operating web portals to manage to gamble and operating ‘Benami accounts’ to hide the black money in the involvement of the bankers.
The FIA had also seized seven electronic devices including smartphones and laptops. Gambling, money laundering, and connection with Indian bookies were confirmed through forensics of these devices.
FIA investigators said that the accused were in contact with Lal Chand – a Dubai-based bookie who facilitated them through web portals. Ravi Kumar (Mahendar’s brother) used to launder the money through hawala hundi.
On the other hand, several others including Umesh Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Aftab Ahmed, Jabbar, Ameen alias Pan Mandi Wala, Muhammad Faisal alias Bafela, Sajid alias Bond, Waqas alias Prince and Ahmed Armaghan Hanif Sheikh were also involved in the case.