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Enforcement Directorate Arrests 2 Poker Operators From Kolkata Poker
Mrinal Gujare
Posted on 21 Apr, 2022
By Mrinal Gujare
On 21 Apr, 2022
By Mrinal Gujare
On 21 Apr, 2022

Enforcement Directorate Arrested 2 Poker Operators From Kolkata

As per a news report by ANI, two poker operators from Kolkata were arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The news report states that ED arrested two poker operators for allegedly running unions on an application called PP Poker and placing illegal bets along with gambling. 

News reports further state that ED arrested the two accused last week who are residents of Kolkata. One of the accused reportedly goes by the alias Ankur. The arrest was made under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

ANI states that ED last Friday, presented both the accused in a Special Court which granted the agency eight days of custody of the two accused. The news reports further add that ED had initiated a money laundering investigation based on the First Information Report (FIR) registered by Goa Police. 

This report was filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 and 4 of Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976 and Section 66-D of Information Technology Act, 2000 for illegal gaming activities and siphoning huge sums of money via secret networks and thereby causing a loss to the government exchequer.

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ED reportedly stated, “Investigation by ED revealed that the two accused were operating 2 – 3 unions namely, Checkraise, Mini-India, Russian Poker etc. on PP Poker online gaming app.” 

The investigating agency further added, “Under each union, it is seen that around 25 to 30 clubs are being operated by different individuals. Through these clubs, individual players are invited via WhatsApp chats for placing illegal bets through various poker gaming apps like PP Poker. 

It is seen that the commissions to the tune of 5 % to 10 % were generated by these clubs on each table. The settlement of the commission and the betting amount is done mainly via hawala operators in cash or cryptocurrency with each individual player and union head by their respective club managers.”

As per ANI, the ED on 6th April had searched the residential premises of the two accused, other club managers and agents located in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Goa.

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