A 38-year-old man was arrested for allegedly betting on the match between England and South Africa.
India.- Police in Pune, Maharashtra, have arrested a 38-year-old man in the Kalewadi area for allegedly being involved in illegal betting on a Cricket World Cup match between England and South Africa. The accused, identified as Dinesh Harish Sharma, is a resident of Kalewadi. Police, led by assistant police Inspector HV Mane from the anti-Gunda squad, made the arrest at the Adi Amma Bliss Society in Kalewadi in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Police seized cash amounting to ₹40 lakh, two mobile phones and a calculator. They reportedly received a tip-off about the existence of a large-scale cricket betting syndicate operating from a flat. The Hindustan Times reported that a case has been registered at Wakad police station under the Maharashtra Gambling Act.
There have been several cases of arrests for cricket betting in recent weeks. Meanwhile, a report by the Think Change Forum (TCF) has estimated that tax authorities in India are losing Rs 3.9 lakh crore (US$48.8bn) annually to illegal betting and gambling websites. The report suggests the illegal offshore betting market is now valued at approximately Rs 8.2 lakh crore, with an annual growth rate of 30 per cent.