Police also seized a large number of electronic chips that were used for gambling and 290 bottles of imported premium liquor from the casino that the embassy advisor was allegedly operating from the basement of his house.
The casino, which had patrons from across NCR, was busted on a tip-off, police said. Around 6pm on Friday, a team from the Sector 29 police station raided the house in Sushant Lok-1 and found the five playing cards and gambling with the chips, police said. They have been identified as house owner Parvesh Pal Kapoor, South City-1 resident Kavaljeet Singh Sethi, Naresh Kumar of Sector 43, Mohan Lal, a resident of DLF-4, and Harender Singh, a resident of Sushant Lok.
Kapoor, police said, had converted the basement of his house into a casino with all the necessary props. The casino had a roundtable with specially designed blocks for keeping chips and packets of cards. Cops seized 300 gambling chips, besides 60 packets of cards.
Along with the gambling items, police also seized 290 bottles of imported premium liquor. Officials of the excise department were called to the spot. “The seized liquor was worth several lakhs. The excise department is making the valuation,” a police officer told TOI.
Assistant excise and taxation officer (AETO) Vivek Agarwal said, “The owner of the house and the casino had no licence or permit to keep such large quantities of liquor. According to excise norms, an individual can’t keep more than 8-10 bottles of imported liquor at home.”
ACP (DLF) Karan Goel said that the five men had assembled at the spot in violation of lockdown norms and none was wearing a mask at the time of their arrest. “The casino was operational for the past few months and people from Delhi-NCR used to visit here often for gambling,” he said.
A case was registered against the accused at the Sector 29 police station under the Gambling Act, sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 34 (common intention) of IPC, and under the Disaster Management Act and the Excise Act.
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