In order to block the websites that are promoting or publishing numbers pertaining to matka gambling activities, Crime Branch Police, probing the alleged nexus including Policemen, Politicians, and matka operators, has approached the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) requesting to issue a necessary order so as to block these websites. Police blocking these websites will paralyze the activity of matka gambling in the state. Read the complete report here.
In order to block these websites, police had written to a central agency, New Delhi however to do so, the agency has asked for a court order. As such the police have now approached the court requesting to issue the necessary order.
According to a source, the Police have come across nine such websites hosted outside India. After examining registry details it was found that some of the mobile numbers are found outside the country. The names and addresses are also found to be incomplete while the details of mobile numbers are being verified.
Earlier Police had written to the Director General, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in New Delhi to block the websites. However, Police was informed that they are not empowered to block the website and were asked to approach the office of the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Technology, New Delhi. Police through Secretary, Information Technology, wrote to the Joint Secretary, New Delhi which in turn sought a court order to block these websites.
According to police, there is nothing on record or any evidence to prove nexus of police, press, politicians with matka gambling operators as alleged by the petitioners. Nor the petitioner in their statements has given any material evidence to prove their allegations, however, it would be wrong to say that matka gambling activities are not happening in Goa, police have said.
In October last year, the crime branch had registered a first information report against politicians, an unnamed minister, police officers, matka operators from Gujarat and agents from Goa under the Goa, Daman, and Diu Public Gambling Act, the Prevention of Corruption Act and criminal conspiracy rules.
The FIR had also mentioned a politician by name Kiran from Thivim, Budo alias Parekh from Goa, 1,100 bookies and also two Marathi dailies as accused. the High Court of Bombay at Goa had issued directions to the crime branch asking it to register a FIR and investigate the matter.
According to the information, from October 8, 2015, to August 2016 Goa Police have booked 1,035 relating to matka gambling, arrested 1,076 persons and seized an amount of Rs 9, 52,790. Police during the course of investigation recorded statements of persons who were involved in matka gambling activities however they too did not disclose the source of matka gambling numbers and claimed that they refer to the internet for numbers.