Ravi Uppal, one of the key proprietors of the Mahadev online betting application, has been apprehended by authorities in Dubai following a red notice issued by Interpol at the request of India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED). Official sources disclosed this development on Wednesday, shedding light on Uppal’s detention last week in Dubai. The ED is actively coordinating with Dubai authorities to facilitate Uppal’s repatriation to India.
Uppal, 43, faces scrutiny from the ED in connection to a money laundering inquiry associated with purported illegal betting practices. This investigation spans across the jurisdictions of both Chhattisgarh Police and Mumbai Police. In October, the federal investigative agency filed a charge sheet against Uppal and fellow platform promoter Sourabh Chandrakar under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
The ED informed the court during the charge sheet filing that Uppal had acquired a passport from Vanuatu, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, despite maintaining Indian citizenship.
Subsequently, Interpol issued a red notice based on the ED’s petition, highlighting the international nature of the case and Uppal’s status as a person of interest.
The unfolding events underscore the intensified global efforts to address transnational financial crimes and illegal betting activities, reflecting the collaborative endeavors between national and international law enforcement agencies in tackling such issues.