Enforcement Directorate seizes assets valued at Rs 3.40 crore from notorious cricket bookie Anil Jaisinghani; lodges comprehensive charge sheet

Anil Jaisinghani

The assets linked to Anil Jaisinghani, a prominent bookie, have been seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a high-profile money laundering case. Jaisinghani and his daughter are accused of engaging in an audacious scheme to extort and blackmail Amruta Fadnavis, the wife of Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis. These shocking allegations have prompted the ED to take decisive action and attach the assets involved.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken a significant step in the ongoing investigation of a money laundering case involving Anil Jaisinghani, a notorious bookie. Not only has the ED attached assets worth Rs 3.40 crore linked to Jaisinghani, but the case also takes a surprising turn with allegations of extortion and blackmail against Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife, Amruta Fadnavis.

In a statement, the ED revealed that it has successfully traced and attached immovable properties held by Anil Jaisinghani, who is known for his involvement in cricket betting activities. The prosecution complaint against Jaisinghani was filed on June 6, 2023, by the ED before the PMLA Special Court in Ahmedabad, which has now taken cognizance of the case.

This latest development comes after the ED filed a charge sheet against Anil Jaisinghani in connection with a money laundering investigation related to a 2015 IPL betting case. Jaisinghani was apprehended by the federal agency back in April, following his alleged evasion of summons and lack of cooperation during the investigation. In fact, a non-bailable warrant had been issued against him as early as 2015 by a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court.

Anil Jaisinghani

The roots of the ED’s case against Jaisinghani can be traced back to a 2015 FIR registered by the Vadodara Police, which targeted multiple bookies involved in illegal betting on Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. According to the ED, Jaisinghani had amassed substantial sums of money through fraudulent activities and connections with Maruti-Ahmedabad, an entity engaged in betting activities.

During the course of the investigation, the ED conducted raids on Jaisinghani’s premises in May and provisionally attached a hotel property located in Shirdi, Maharashtra, valued at Rs 3.40 crore. Subsequently, on June 6, the agency filed a charge sheet against Jaisinghani, citing charges of money laundering. The special PMLA court in Ahmedabad has acknowledged the prosecution complaint.

Adding another layer to this complex case, Jaisinghani and his daughter, Aniksha, were previously arrested by the Mumbai Police on allegations of conspiring to bribe and blackmail Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The arrests were made after it was claimed that Aniksha attempted to offer a bribe of Rs 1 crore to Amruta Fadnavis. An FIR was registered against Anil Jaisinghani and Aniksha at the Malabar Hill Police Station in south Mumbai, accusing them of threatening to release audio and video clips that supposedly depict Amruta Fadnavis accepting favors from Aniksha. Aniksha was granted bail on March 27, while Anil Jaisinghani, arrested in Gujarat, remains in judicial custody after his bail plea was rejected by the court.

As the investigation unfolds, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Anil Jaisinghani’s involvement in illegal betting activities extends beyond monetary gain, with allegations of extortion and blackmail adding a sensational twist to the case. The ED’s efforts to bring him to justice, along with the unraveling of the web of corruption surrounding him, will undoubtedly continue to captivate public attention.

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