The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in India has submitted important documents to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to aid in the extradition of Ravi Uppal and Sourabh Chandrakar, the key individuals responsible for the Mahadev online betting app.
Uppal and Chandrakar, who are based in Dubai, are the main promoters of the controversial gambling platform. The ED recently filed a new charge sheet against five associates of these individuals, furthering the investigation into alleged money laundering in the online gambling case. The ED has taken steps to issue a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Chandrakar, 28, and Uppal, 43, who are originally from Bhilai, in the state of Chhattisgarh in Central India.
At the ED’s request, the Interpol issued the RCN, leading to Uppal’s detention by the immigration department in Dubai. Subsequently, Chandrakar, Uppal’s associate, was also charged. Since both individuals hold citizenship in Vanuatu, extradition proceedings will follow.
To complete the required legal documentation and initiate the extradition process, a dedicated team was sent to Dubai. Chandrakar and Uppal have been living in Dubai for almost two years, overseeing their operations from the city and retaining 80 percent of the profits from the Mahadev app. It is suspected that they have accumulated around Rs 5,000 crore from their gambling enterprise, but the exact amount will be confirmed upon their extradition.
In addition, a new 1,800-page prosecution complaint was filed against five individuals on January 1st, including alleged cash courier Aseem Das, police constable Bheem Singh Yadav, and executive Shubham Soni who is affiliated with the app. The ED has sent this new complaint to the MEA, requesting cooperation with Dubai authorities for the extradition process. The special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court will review the charge sheet on January 10th.
The Mahadev online gambling case has seen several developments, including the arrests of Das and Yadav in November. Soni, who claimed ownership of the app, released a video statement alleging kickbacks paid to politicians. Das later asserted that he had been framed as part of a conspiracy. The ED’s initial charge sheet named Chandrakar, Uppal, and others, and detailed extravagant expenses at Chandrakar’s wedding in the UAE.
The Mahadev Satta App, which has faced allegations of money laundering and illegal gambling, operates as an online platform for users to bet on various games. Under the name Mahadev Gaming App, it facilitates live gambling in a range of domains, including poker, card games, badminton, tennis, football, and cricket. The operation reportedly generates a daily turnover of Rs 200 crore, conducted through closed groups on instant messaging platforms.
Owned by Sourabh Chandrakar and Ravi Uppal, the masterminds behind the app, this gambling enterprise has been active for four years, accumulating an estimated Rs 5,000 crore. The app is connected to a syndicate that supports illegal betting websites, with suspected links to Pakistan and connections to local hawala operations. As the investigation progresses, the Mahadev online gambling case has revealed a network of illicit activities with international connections.