Bollywood actor Sahil Khan has found himself in yet another legal trouble. The actor, who rose to fame with projects like Style, Xcuse Me, Aladin and Ramaa: The Saviour, is currently making the headlines after he approached the Bombay High Court and sought to quash the FIR registered against him in connection with the online betting application, Lion Book. The app is allegedly linked to the Mahadev betting app. He contended that the FIR against him was filed with mala fide intentions.
The 47-year-old actor approached the High Court after his pre-arrest bail was rejected during a session on December 13. The session Judge Abhay Joglekar, sharing his observations had stated that prima facie there was evidence to show his link to Lion Book. His plea was denied as the probe was at an initial stage. A division bench headed by Justice Ajay Gadkari has kept the hearing of the matter in February 2024.
Mumbai Police had registered an FIR against Sahil under the Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act for his connection with the Lion Book betting app. Seeking the quashing of the FIR, the model has expressed that he has never been involved with any betting app. In his plea, he states that the FIR is “wrong, false, bogus, illegal and filed with mala fide intentions”
Khan’s counsel Rajiv Chavan shared that the contents of the FIR do not make out any case under the Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act. He stated that as per the agreement his only role was to promote the application on various platforms and that he was not involved in any illegal activities. Until the further hearing, Sahil has sought that the probe against him should be stayed.
According to a recent report by the Free Press Journal, the betting apps operate through more than 2,000 fake SIM cards and around 17,000 bogus bank accounts. The police claim that the volume of the fraud is huge. It is being said that online betting was promoted on Telegram through more than 1,000 channels.
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