After five years the Crime Branch of Goa Police has realized that there is a Television show that is running on one of the reputed cable TV channels in the state has an alleged gambling angle. The cable channel that is said to be owned by one of the well-known media group in Goa is that is running the said show since 2011. How have suddenly Goa Police realized the need of probe into this case? Is there any political angle to it? Please read the complete report here.
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.
According to the news published by the local daily The Navhind Times, Goa police has initiated the preliminary inquiry into the live gaming show that appears on the local cable television (news) channel and assures prizes worth lakhs of rupees has now come under the scanner of Goa Police. This cable channel is supposed to have owned by one of the reputed media group in Goa having their presence in the state for past more than 60 years.
Based on the information this is just a preliminary enquiry and police is trying to look into the various legal aspects of the game show as it is alleged to be indulging in the activity that points towards the indirect gambling.
The channel is supposed to be conducting three live game shows in a week two of them on the weekdays and one on the weekend. For the weekly show the cost of the ticket is only Rs. 20 and the winner gets up to 1 lakh in case he wins the game by getting all five numbers correct which are randomly chosen by automated machine during the live game show.
The weekend game show ticket is said to be costing Rs. 50 and the prize money is whooping rupees 5 lakhs and those who net two or less than five numbers are also entitled to a prize, which ranges between Rs 100 to Rs 3,000.
The Crime Branch of Goa Police is said to have got in touch with the Home Department to find out the legalities and if the permissions was granted by the department to the said cable TV channel. When the media person contacted the home department the officials they have confirmed the police inquired with them about the permission to the local cable TV channel and they informed that cable TV channel had never applied for any permission. “No permission has been granted nor any application has come to the home department from the concerned cable TV news channel,” said an official. It is learnt that police has also contacted the directorate of small savings and lotteries and reply is awaited.
The media also reported that though the preliminary inquiry is being conducted by the crime branch police on this matter but when contacted by press people they have refused to comment on this matter as usual.
The report further claims that there is no mention of the cash prizes but the prize is handed over to the winner in cash. The tickets are available across the state at lottery outlets or shops where one can buy the tickets and also claim the prize if it is below Rs 3,000. The higher prizes have to be claimed from the office of the cable TV news channel located in the city, said a lottery dealer.