Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Mahadev betting app scam case. Kapoor is accused of promoting the illegal app, and the ED suspects that the payments she received were proceeds of crime. The ED has been investigating the Mahadev betting app scam, where celebrities are accused of promoting the app and receiving payments that are considered proceeds of crime. Earlier, actor Ranbir Kapoor was also summoned as part of the investigation.
The Mahadev app scam involves allegations that the company, operated by Sourabh Chandrakar and Ravi Uppal, was running an online book betting application from Dubai. The app was used to enroll new users, create IDs, and launder money through a complex network of Benami bank accounts. The ED claims that the app operates from a central head office in the UAE and franchises “Panel/Branches” to associates on a profit-sharing ratio. Large-scale hawala operations are alleged to have been used to transfer betting proceeds to offshore accounts, and significant cash expenditures were made in India for advertising betting websites.
Other celebrities, including comedian Kapil Sharma and actors Huma Qureshi and Hina Khan, have also been summoned for questioning in connection with the money laundering probe linked to the Mahadev betting app case. The ED is investigating the involvement of several celebrities in promoting the app and receiving payments for the same. The promoters of the Mahadev app are from Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, and the app is described as an umbrella syndicate arranging online platforms for illegal betting websites.
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