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ED to attach suspected bookie’s bank accounts

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has decided to attach bank accounts of suspected bookie Anil Jaisinghani, who is facing probe for involvement in money- laundering, hawala and cricket betting, after carrying out multiple searches at his offices and houses in various cities.

The central agency’s Ahmedabad office, which is conducting the probe, had ordered attachment of his accounts, an ED official said.

“Our Ahmedabad zone has decided to freeze the bank accounts of Jaisinghani,” the officer said, saying that as per the preliminary information, he had as many as 25 accounts in various banks.

Jaisinghani had been arrested in the past for cricket betting.

When a team of ED officers had reached his residence here last Friday to arrest him, there was a row, with the ED officers alleging that some officers of Mumbai police were protecting him. Jaisinghani has been provided with police protection due to alleged threat to his life.

When the media reported it, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered inquiry against the concerned police officers who had allegedly alerted Jaisinghani.

The central agency had claimed that Jaisinghani got himself admitted to hospital in neighbouring Ulhasnagar as soon as the searches began. He has not been arrested yet.

The Ahmedabad ED carried out searches at eight of his premises in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Jaipur and Ulhasnagar in Thane district last week.

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