Bengaluru: In the backdrop of complaints that bookies have been involved in illegal activities including GST evasion, sleuths from the Central Crime Branch (CCB) raided Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) and seized Rs 96 lakh cash on Friday. The police also detained 40 men including bookies for questioning.
After the five-hour search, the police said the money seized was an unaccounted cash mainly belonging to the bookies.
The raid was carried out by a team of over 30 officials including two deputy commissioners of police, four assistant commissioners and 20 inspectors. “We have detained 40 persons,” Joint commissioner of police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said. “The department has also instructed the management of BTC to be present for the investigation.”
The raid was conducted based on complaints of cheating during races. Another allegation was that the bookies were not paying taxes correctly. The CCB has also informed the Tax Department about the raid and to dig deep into the modus operandi of evading GST.
It can be recalled that on the opening day of the winter season (November Plate) had started in a ugly note after three horses stumbled 200 metres before the finish line due to the poor condition of the track. The punters had vandalised the premises as officials announced the results and dividends despite the accident.