Online gambling racked busted
Mumbai: Nearly 33 people have been arrested by the Samata Nagar police in an online gambling racket. Police have recovered Rs 1.31 lakh in cash, 14 cellphones, 15 CPUs, 27 hard disks and routers. All the 33 accused have been remanded to police custody till August 8. Of the accused, 12 are employees of Planet G internet gaming and Pratik Games while the remaining are all 21 players. The police were first alerted about the racket on July 22 when a few citizens approached them, having lost amounts between Rs 10 to 25 lakh in online gambling. Sunil Paraskar, additional commissioner (north region), said, “There are at least 300 such gaming parlous in the city where online gambling is on even at the moment. We decided to raid six places in north region (Goregaon to Dahisar).”
The parlours raided were five Planet G outlets at Aarey Colony, Goregaon and Kandivali and one Pratik Games outlet at Malad. “We first sent dummy customers, with marked currency notes, to these parlours. The dummy customers were provided with a user ID and a password to create their accounts. Passwords could be changed later and a minimum of Rs 1000 had to be paid in cash to the parlour owner to start playing,” said a police officer.
Relief to Muslim trust on namaz
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted an interim stay on an order given by Nashik police to a Muslim trust prohibiting it from allowing people to offer prayers in its building and observed that permission is not required to offers prayer or Namaz. On July 11, the senior police inspector of Bhadrakali police station in Nashik, citing reason of traffic woes in the vicinity, prohibited the Madni Centre from allowing people to offer namaz in their building. A division bench headed by Justice V M Kanade was hearing a petition filed by Madni center seeking to quash and set aside the police order. According to the petition, the Madni Centre Wakf is running from a building
belonging to the Mumbai Educational and Welfare Trust in Mumbai. “In 2008, the centre took permission from the trust to allow Muslims from the Deobandi school of thought to offer namaz prayers in the building as they are not allowed in any other mosque,” the petition states.
HC reserves order in J Dey case
Mumbai: The Bombay high court has reserved its order on the discharge plea filed by Vinod Asrani, who is an accused in eminent journalist J Dey murder case. On Tuesday the prosecution as well as defense concluded their argument. After hearing the arguments of both sides a division bench of headed by justice P V Hardas reserved its order.