New Delhi: In a significant development concerning the Mahadev betting app case, Ravi Uppal, one of the app’s main promoters, has been detained by Dubai police based on a red corner notice issued by Interpol at the behest of the Enforcement Directorate. Uppal was taken into custody last week, and there are indications that he may soon face deportation to India.
The Mahadev betting app, known for its reported daily profit of Rs200 crore, had stirred political controversy leading up to the Chhattisgarh elections in November.
The Enforcement Directorate had asserted that a cash courier, Asim Das, claimed the app’s promoters had paid Rs508 crore to the then Chhattisgarh chief minister, Bhupesh Baghel. However, when presented in court, Das contended that he was being falsely implicated as part of a conspiracy and had never delivered cash to politicians.
During its investigation, the agency discovered that Uppal possesses a passport from Vanuatu, a Pacific Ocean country, and had been freely traveling using it without renouncing his Indian citizenship. Additionally, he had applied for an Australian visa using this passport.
Meanwhile, the other app promoter, Sourabh Chandrakar, who hosted a Rs200-crore wedding in Dubai attended by numerous Bollywood celebrities in February, remains at large. Enforcement Directorate officials are actively pursuing efforts to locate and apprehend him.