A banking court in Karachi has indicted 13 suspects over the allegation of being a part of a match-fixing racket alongside several Dubai-based Indian bookies during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 edition.
According to the details, the accused pled not guilty to the charges, following which the court summoned witnesses in its next hearing.
During the proceedings, it was revealed that the group’s existence and their overtures had first come to light when the FIA, in March and February this year, arrested four individuals namely Mahendar Kumar, Naresh Kumar alias KG and Naresh Kumar alias Jani on charges of running a spot-fixing and gambling racket in collusion with bookmakers from India during the PSL 2020.
The investigators revealed in the court that all the accused were running web portals to manage and operate gambling accounts and ledgers and had opened an unnamed account in different banks to camouflage the nature of money through improper means in connivance of the bankers.
The FIA said “WhatsApp conversations, images, documents, deposit slips available in mobile phones of accused persons prove their illegal acts of gambling and money laundering,”
“The accused were in liaison with UAE-based bookie Lal Chand, who facilitated them through web portals and Ravi Kumar (Mahendar’s brother) managed finances for money laundering through hawala hundi.”