Bhubaneswar: The Central government has banned 22 illegal betting apps including controversial Mahadev Book.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in an order issued on Sunday, blocked 22 illegal betting apps and websites including Mahadev Book and Reddyannaprestopro.
The Ministry took the step on the recommendation of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The ED recommended to the Centre for restricting illegal betting app after investigation and subsequent raids on Mahadev Book in Chhattisgarh.
“After ED’s investigations revealed the app’s unlawful operations, it made the recommendation and the Ministry blocked the betting app. The Chhattisgarh government has not made any recommendation in this regard till now,” said Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, and Electronics & Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
The ED has arrested Bhim Singh Yadav, a Constable in Chhattisgarh Police and Asim Das on the charge of money laundering in the case.
Earlier in the day, the Congress accused the Centre of using ED to target Chhattisgarh government in view of Assembly elections in the state.