INVESTIGATIONS related to the raid on top bookies Sonu Jalan, J K Arora and Bimal Aggarwal have pointed the CBI efforts towards two specific angles in the case, in which the names of top ED officers J P Singh and Sanjay Kumar have cropped up. First, it is learnt that Sonu Jalan was supplying girls to an IPS officer in Mumbai and, second, J K Arora was the ‘collection agent’ of ED men J P Singh and Sanjay Kumar.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last week raided the residences of Sonu Jalan, Bimal Aggarwal, J K Arora and others in connection with the 2015 bribery case against former Joint Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Ahmedabad, J P Singh, which led to the recovery of several incriminating material and over a crore rupees in cash. On August 23, 2016, CBI arrested three bookies, Sonu Jalan, J K Arora and one more, in the matter.
A case was registered on September 22, 2015, on a complaint from the Enforcement Directorate, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, New Delhi, against J P Singh and other unknown public servants and private persons under sections 120-B of the IPC and sections 7, 12, 13 (2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the PC Act, 1988. It was alleged that J P Singh, Sanjay Kumar and others while investigating the cases of money laundering in betting and other such activities had allegedly demanded and accepted illegal gratification from the accused and suspect persons in the said cases. Searches were conducted on September 23, 2015, at the office and residences of the accused and suspected persons.
Remember, ABI (abinet.org) had first published the article on September 24, 2015, under the headline “ED Joint director J P Singh met top bookie Mukesh Sharma’s wife in Uttar Pradesh, demanded Rs 30 crore”, exposing that J P Singh had extorted money from those accused of money laundering in the IPL betting racket case. ED’s Ahmedabad unit, of which J P Singh was the head, was probing two important cases, the Rs 2,600 crore IPL betting scandal and the Rs 5,000 crore money laundering case against Afroz Fatta. Afroz is said to be a big hawala operator.
Sonu Yogendra Jalan alias Sonu Malad
Currently, Sonu Jalan is considered to be a big shot bookie in Mumbai’s Satta Bazaar. Sonu Jalan had clients and punters in Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. In India, the gang has its associates in Delhi, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana. He resides in Agarwal Residency in Shankar Lane, Kandivali (W). He has been arrested several times by the Mumbai Police in connection with cricket betting. Once Jalan had told the Mumbai crime branch that he had paid Rs 10 crore to a Sri Lankan cricketer to fix a match in 2012. He also revealed the he had paid Rs 1 crore to an IPS officer in Mumbai to avoid his arrest. His name was also under the zone of suspicion in the murder of Shagufta Khan, claimed to be his wife. During interrogation CBI officials found that he was supplying girls to an IPS officer in Mumbai.
Jitendra Arora alias J K
J K Arora, who was arrested on Tuesday, is also a top bookie in country. He is a resident of Model Town, New Delhi. CBI officials found Rs 70 lakh in cash at his residence. It’s also proved that he was acting as collection agent for J P Singh and Sanjay Kumar.
Bimal Aggarwal had faced a probe iver supply of sub-standard bomb suits to the Mumbai police. He had also faced a probe over allegedly cheating the BMC and the city police after supplying them belts at different rates. Currently, he is in London.
“The raids and interrogation in all over country are continue,” said a CBI officer.