India government blocks Mahadev app, and other illegal betting platforms


India’s largest illegal betting network, Mahadav Book, has been blocked by The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). This comes after a crackdown on 22 unlicensed betting and gaming sites, which also includes the popular ReddyAnna Betting App. 

The order was issued on the recommendations of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), following its investigation into illegal betting app syndicate and subsequent raids on Mahadev Book in Chhattisgarh revealing the app’s unlawful operations, the ministry issued a statement on Sunday night.

Reacting to the development, Baghel said the Central government has “finally woken up from its sleep” and banned the Mahadev app. “I have been asking this for months as to why this app was not being banned. I had even said that maybe the greed of getting 28% GST has made the government not ban the app or the BJP and app operators have made a deal,” he said.