In a money laundering case connected to an alleged betting ring in the Indian Premier League (IPL) T-20 cricket tournament in 2015, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches against suspected bookie Anil Jaisinghani today, official sources said.
The Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta Fadnavis was the target of a plot by Anil Jaisinghani and his daughter Aniksha, according to the Mumbai Police, in which they used private messages to extort money from her and bribe her into dropping several FIRs against him.
Following that, the ED detained him in April. His locations at Ulhasnagar in the Thane district and a few locations in Mumbai are reportedly being searched by the agency.
The ED busted a racket, and then arrested some bookies from a farmhouse outside of Vadodara, a city in Gujarat, in the money laundering case connected to alleged betting in IPL matches in 2015.
Later, 16 more people were detained by the central investigation agency in connection with this investigation, including two alleged bookies from Delhi. Aniksha was said to have made friends with Amruta Fadnavis as part of a plot hatched by Jaisinghani and his daughter to “save her father from the several criminal cases pending against him as the husband of the complainant (Amruta Fadnavis) is a public servant.”
According to the police complaint, Aniksha attempted to bribe Amruta Fadnavis with an offer of Rs 1 crore. On February 20, the Malabar Hill police station in south Mumbai filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Anil Jaisinghani and Aniksha on the basis of alleged threats to release specific audio and video clips that purportedly depict Amruta Fadnavis accepting favours from Aniksha.
On March 27, the court granted bail to Aniksha, who had been detained since March 17. The Mumbai Police, later, detained Anil Jaisinghani in Gujarat.