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Monday, June 13, 2016

HC seeks source of matka numbers

Revenue suspected to be used for terror activities, says petitioner

PANJIM: The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Monday directed Crime Branch (CB) to investigate the source of matka numbers and submit a report before it within two weeks.
The development comes in response to a status report submitted by the investigation agency in April, which was based on a petition filed by activist Kashinath Shetye alleging a police-politicians-matka gamblers nexus in the State.
When the matter came up for arguments on Monday, the petitioner, alleging involvement of terror outfits like ISIS, accused Goa Police of deliberately concealing the source of matka numbers. He also suspected that revenue generated from the illegal activity was pumped for terror activities.
CB’s status report to the bench had disclosed details on the action taken every six months, such as raids, arrests and seizures. Last year CB had registered an FIR against politicians, an unnamed minister, police officers, matka operators from Gujarat and agents from Goa under the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code.
The FIR had also mentioned a politician by the name of Kiran from Thivim, Budo alias Parekh from Goa, 1,100 bookies and also two Marathi dailies as the accused.

Herald Goa News

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