HYDERABAD: Chinese promoters involved in the online gambling racket transferred at least Rs 104 crore to foreign companies, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Hyderabad police have found out.
The investigators stumbled upon this during their probe into the online gambling in which Chinese national Yan Hao was arrested in August last. The investigators found that out of Rs 1,100 crore collected from the gamers, Rs 104 crore was carted away to foreign shores. “The amount was illegally transferred to foreign companies. The ultimate beneficiaries of these Indian companies are Chinese nationals and their companies,’’ ED officials said in a deposition to a court a few days ago.
Investigators found the accused offered online games like Flash, Rummy, Happy Rummy, Joy Rummy, Stickpool India, Quale, Gcoast, 101 gold, GGshop, and allegedly duped gamers by manipulating the game outcome.
Officials are still trying to unravel if some of the e-wallet companies, which were acting as payment aggregators for illegal Chinese apps, have been indulging in international hawala activities under the garb of e-commerce and dating apps. Police found that all websites, through which the online gambling was organised, were hosted at Cloudfare, which is an American web infrastructure and website security company.
One of the accused, Deeraj Sarkar, approached the SC a few days ago, seeking transfer of the case to a competent court in Gurugram on the grounds of jurisdiction saying the companies he is associated with have registered address in Gurugram. The court dismissed his petition.