Online betting case: Bookie may be tried under MCOCA

THANE: The Thane crime branch is contemplating to invoke the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act MCOCA, 1999, against the accused in the online betting case. If invoked, then it would be the first betting case in the country to be slapped with MCOCA. Sources said that currently they are examining the legality to apply MCOCA and the move could act as a deterrent to curb betting cases. A senior police official said, under MCOCA, the accused will not be able to get bail for a year. If the accused is chargesheeted and convicted then the maximum punishment will be life imprisonment.

“During the probe, situs judi bola it was brought to our notice that the accused were repeat offenders as even bookie Sonu Jalan had nearly five cases registered against him. In order to impose a more stringent punishment against the habitual offenders, we are trying to invoke MCOCA against them,” said a senior police officer.

The police, after scanning the laptops and mobiles of Jalan, have found that more than 100 bookies were in contact with him.

“We are currently decoding their names as the betting circuit uses certain codes to maintain their confidentiality. In the a next few days the others will be summoned for questioning,” said Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector of the anti-extortion cell. Meanwhile, Jalan has been remanded to police custody till June 2. Appearing for Jalan his advocates Sagar Kadam and Rahul Dangale told the court that the police had already seized his mobile and laptop and under the gambling act it is a bailable offence. The duo also argued that the police did not serve notice under Section 41A of the CrPC. In her order, the magistrate noted that there is need for a detailed investigation and interrogation of the accused. So, the accused will be remanded to police custody till June 2.

He signed the new law four days after the Democrat-led Legislature sent it to him, making New Jersey the second state after Delaware to allow sports wagering since the Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for such gambling.

“We led the fight for sports betting, and it is now happening,” state Senate President Steve Sweeney said. “We can now capitalize on the opportunities we worked for with a new sector of sports gaming that will help create jobs, generate economic activity and be an important boost to the state’s casinos and racetracks.”

The law is seen as a modest help to Atlantic City’s seven casinos, which recently have regained their footing after five others closed down since 2014. But two of those are due to reopen later this month.

The tracks, in particular, are desperate for the new revenue stream that sports betting will generate; they have been prohibited from offering slot machines like so-called “racinos” in other states.

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