Bollywood film producer Prakash Chandnani, who financed an Akshay Khanna starrer film on corruption, was arrested at Ahmedabad airport after he landed from Dubai early on Thursday morning. Airport immigration officials nabbed Chandnani soon after customs clearance as lookout notice (LOC) was issued against him for alleged role in an IPL betting racket busted by Mumbai crime branch. Chandnani, co-producer of 'Gali Gali Chor Hai', was later handed over to Mumbai crime branch officials.
"We have taken the custody of Chandnani from Ahmedabad police. He was wanted in an international betting racket case and we will now interrogate him further," said Joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy.
Sources said that police has found out about Chandnani's links with an underworld don's betting syndicate and had purposely landed in Ahmedabad to evade the arrest. An LOC was issued against Chandnani and Dubai-based cricket bookie Sunil Abhuchandani in connection with the cricket betting racket in May this year.
"The producer landed here at 2.30 am on an Emirates Dubai-Ahmedabad flight. As his passport and other details were available, we detained him soon after he came to the immigration cell and later handed him over to Sardarnagar police station officials," said an airport immigration official.
Along with Chandnani, Nitin Manmohan another producer of the film was summoned for questioning in the IPL betting racket. Chandnani's name figured during the interrogation of arrested bookie, Sonu Jalan, who revealed that he used to receive orders from the producer.
Sources suggest that Jalan and another arrested bookie Devendra Kothari have told police that they used to transfer money through hawala to Sunil for whom Chadnanai was working as a second-in command.
"An official from Mumbai police came to Ahmedabad airport on Thursday afternoon and was handed over Chandnani's custody. Chandnani was constantly on the phone while at the police station," said a Sardarnagar police station official.