‘BJP using ED to defame me’: CM Baghel on claims made by Mahadev app case accused

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has refuted all claims made by Shubham Soni in a video message and also said that he has never met him.

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The Mahadev betting app case is getting more intense day by day. As now Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has himself stepped out and fiercely attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following the claims made by Subham Soni – one of the key accused in this case, saying that efforts were being made to ‘defame’ him.

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel slams BJP amid Mahadev betting app case

In a video message, Soni alleged that Chief Minister Baghel had encouraged him to set up his gambling business in Dubai. He said that he had approached Baghel regarding the arrest of his close aide in Bhilai.

Now, retorting to Soni’s claims, the chief minister took to his X, saying, “It is no mystery why and how this video has come and it is also not difficult to understand that such a statement was issued at the time of elections only to benefit the BJP."

"Everyone also understands that this is being done by weaponizing ED. In fact, the BJP is now contesting elections with the help of ED and is using ED to defame me," he further wrote in Hindi.

Baghel refutes all claims made by Shubham Soni

Baghel has just refuted all the claims made by Shubham Soni in a video message and also said that he has never met him. "First of all, I do not know this person nor have I ever met him in the way he is claiming. I can't say if he was a part of any gathering or function," he tweeted.

Further, the Chhattisgarh CM has also questioned the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the probe agency that has been investigating the Mahadev betting app case.

"This person (Shubham Soni) is claiming that he is the owner of 'Mahadev App'. Surprisingly, even the ED, the agency which has been investigating this case for months, was not aware of this and till two days ago, the ED was calling him a manager," Baghel wrote.

Shubham Soni claims to be owner of Mahadev Online App

Earlier, the key accuse of this controversial betting row, Shubham Soni said in his video message that he was the owner of the Mahadev betting app and had founded it in 2021, adding that he had "proof" of paying Rs 508 crore so far to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

"The people of Chhattisgarh understand everything. They will give a befitting reply to BJP and its ally ED in the elections," Baghel concluded.

Notably, Soni’s video was released by the BJP’s central media chief Siddharthnath Singh at a press conference.

“Despite giving money, my work is not getting done. I don't understand what to do with this system. ED has started action against me. My last request to our Indian government is to help me. I am trapped in this political system. I want to get out of it. I have evidence regarding the money I have given. Please help me. I want to go back to India. I am scared,” he said in the video.

Meanwhile, the Mahadev app was run by Dubai-based Saurabh Chandrakar and his accomplice Ravi Uppal, both of whom hail from Chhattisgarh, said the ED.