Following reports of multiple celebrities coming under the scrutiny of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Mahadev money-laundering case, comedian Kapil Sharma and actor Hina Khan have been summoned to appear before the central agency. This development comes after actor Ranbir Kapoor was summoned a day earlier for questioning in the same case. Both Sharma and Kapoor have been issued summonses and are scheduled to appear before the ED on Friday.
Understanding the Mahadev Betting App Case
The Mahadev betting app allowed for illegal betting on a variety of online games, including poker, card games, chance games, badminton, tennis, football, and cricket. The app is believed to be operated by Dubai-based individuals, Saurabh and Ravi Uppal. While betting is legal in Dubai, it is prohibited in India. The investigation aims to uncover the extent of the money laundering operation associated with the Mahadev app and the involvement of celebrities in promoting the illegal activities.
Enforcement Directorate Investigates Celebrities’ Connection to Mahadev Betting App Case
News agency ANI reported, “ED has summoned comedian Kapil Sharma and actor Huma Qureshi in connection with the Mahadev betting app case: ED Sources.” Actor Hina Khan has also been called by the ED for the same purpose, as per a report.. Ranbir Kapoor’s recent summons aimed to ascertain his knowledge regarding the source of the money he received for promoting the betting app.
Kapoor, Sharma, and Khan to Appear Before ED for Questioning
Ranbir Kapoor’s interrogation is deemed crucial by the ED, which seeks insights into the betting business transactions. Importantly, Kapoor has not been summoned as an accused at this stage. An ED source stated, “His questioning is important to know his knowledge about the money sources he received. It will possibly indicate the plans of the promoters and their association.” The ED is primarily interested in understanding the extent of Kapoor’s involvement in the app’s promotional activities.
Investigation Expands to Include Multiple Celebrities
Sources within the Enforcement Directorate have indicated that up to 17 Bollywood celebrities may be connected to this investigation. This group includes celebrities such as Shraddha Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Sonakshi Sinha, and others. Their involvement is linked to their participation in events like the company head Sourabh Chandrakar’s wedding in February this year and the company’s success party in September 2022.