KOLKATA: About Rs 1,000 crore recently seized by the Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate during raids in various places here and in Siliguri in north Bengal has been linked to a massive lottery scam in South India and to fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s gang.
Sleuths said Nagarajan, during the last eight years, had been spreading his network and was arrested several times.
S Nagarajan, based in Tamil Nadu and considered close to ‘lottery king’ Santiago Martin, from the southern part of the city. His passport has been seized and the sleuths are examining the countries he had visited in the recent past.
Nagarajan’s network is spread across the country and he hired seven houses in posh areas here to stock lottery tickets and used them as offices and warehouses. He has two shops selling lottery tickets here. The houses were spread all over the city to avoid detection but it was the I-T department which was first tipped off about such large amounts of cash being stashed here and in Siliguri.
An IB report had warned of a Rs 4,500-crore lottery scam in which it flagged links to Dawood’s gang.