The Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths have sought custody of Dinesh Shah, the alleged kingpin of the inter-State gambling racket, which was busted in the city on Friday.
A senior police officer, who is supervising the investigations, said Shah, who owns three clubs in Ahmedabad, is suspected to be have been involved in other criminal activities as well. “We suspect that Shah is also associated with cricket and other betting syndicates,” he said.
Suspecting that Shah had connections in the city, the police said there were many people who provided logistics to Shah to conduct his operations in the city. While a team has been formed to investigate the spread of his network, another team is in touch with the Ahmedabad police to get more details about Shah, he said.
During the raid, police found small quantities of contraband including marijuana and large quantity of liquor, which was to be supplied to customers.
“We suspect that Shah carried out transactions through the Hawala networks,” he said.
“We will get custody of Shah on Monday to question him,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Goel said.
So far the police have arrested 61 persons, all of whom are businessmen from Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
The police said the accused were booked under Sections 79, 80 and 34 of the Karnataka Police Act and section 20(b) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.