Recently the Crime Branch of Goa Police had initiated an inquiry into the online gaming that has been running on a local cable TV channel for the past six years by giving it the color of alleged online gambling. The said cable TV network is owned by Goa’s leading media house that also runs Goa’s leading English daily.
[su_expand more_text=”READ MORE” less_text=” ” height=”0″ hide_less=”yes” link_style=”button” link_align=”center”] According to the news published by one of the local cable TV channels, the crime branch of Goa police have today raided the 6 locations owned by the cable TV channel were running German and Mexican Housie in the said premises.
The sources have revealed that Crime Branch managed to raid 6 locations in Goa including the Margao, Verna, Panaji and Porvorim and seized housie tickets, account books, and other items in these raids.
The police have also attached the computers, gaming servers, account books and tickets from its central office situated at St. Inez. The offices of Herald and HCN were raided for hours, claimed the sources.
According to the available information from the reliable sources, a well-known media group having their television channel running on the local cable TV network has been running a game show that assures the big prize money for the small amount of lottery ticket. This show is apparently running on the cable network of Goa since 2011 and now after almost 6 years Goa Police have decided to probe the illegalities in this matter.
The sources said that they have registered the case against the Group editor in chief Raul Fernandes, Herald Editor Sujoy Gupta and other marketing staff and editorial staff under relevant sections of Goa, Daman and Diu Prevention of Gambling Act.
The recent incident of a video clip that went viral on the social media, showing the managerial staff of Goa’s leading English daily demanding Rs. 25 lakh worth of advertisement support from the Casino operator on the assurance of not writing any negative articles in their newspapers. The Margao-based lawyer Rajeev Gomes had filed a complaint in the crime branch of Goa.
It looks like the Goa Police has become very serious about the gambling in the state and they have started their action with getting the media house under the scanner. But what about the other gambling activities that are going on in and around the state that too openly, Is there any action going to happen in their cases too? Demanded Vox-Populi. Do you want to say anything? Please do share the same in your comments.
Source: Various sources