Pune Crime: Bookie who developed software to bet, arrested

He also sold the software to two other bookies for Rs 50 lakh

The Property Cell of the Pune Crime Branch on Saturday arrested Ekansh Rajendrakumar Jain (33), a resident of Kharadi, and originally from Raipur, on charges of betting on cricket through a software he developed himself. He allegedly sold the software to two other bookies for Rs 25 lakh each.

Police have recovered some laptops, pen drives, portable hard disks, SIM cards of 12 companies and 27 mobile phones which Ekansh made use of to run his betting business. He has a BCom degree and got the technical knowledge to develop the software through the Internet, police said.

Sunil Gavali, assistant police inspector from the Property Cell, Crime Branch, said, “Ekansh sold this software to two bookies for R25 lakh each; there is a possibility that it might have been given to others, as it is easily transferable through a pen drive. Jain has also created partnerships with the other two accused bookies to earn more profit.” The other two accused have not yet been arrested.

“Earlier last year, during IPL, he was in custody with another bookie Sanjay Thakker, but was released later. He came to Pune about a year and half ago, but was still involved in these activities and worked from his Kharadi home,” Gavali said.

Jain lives with his mother, father, sister and brother-in-law. He is the only earning member in the family. He has been remanded in police custody for five days. His SIM card had been seized by Mumbai police earlier, but he had obtained a duplicate SIM card by submitting forged documents, Gavali added.

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