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IPL betting scam: Arbaaz Khan ‘confesses’ to placing bets on cricket matches

Arbaaz Khan was summoned by Thane Police on Friday to join the investigation.


Bollywood actor-turned producer Arbaaz Khan on Saturday reportedly accepted his involvement in betting during the Indian Premier League (IPL) according to a report published in the Times of India.

Salman’s brother Arbaaz Khan was summoned by Thane Police on Friday to join the investigation in connection with an alleged betting racket during the IPL matches.

According to the Thane Police, Arbaaz Khan’s name reportedly came up during the investigation with alleged bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad, who was arrested recently.

Earlier on Friday, Arbaaz was asked to appear before the Thane Anti Extortion Cell on Saturday, said Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire.

The summons were issued to Arbaaz after prominent bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla — who reportedly has links with various mafia dons, including absconding Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar — was arrested sometime ago and interrogated by the AEC sleuths in connection with the IPL scam, he added.

“The case investigations are going on since the past five-six years and could involve amounts of over Rs 500-600 crore. We want to find out from Arbaaz what was his role in the entire matter,” said Kothmire who is probing the matter.

The 50-year-old actor-producer’s cropped up during Jalan’s interrogation and recovery of some photographs which include other major film personalities who may be subsequently summoned, he indicated.

“We suspect that Khan had placed bets on IPL matches and want to scrutinise his bank transactions,” another police official told PTI.

The betting racket was busted on May 16 and five bookies who were operating out of Dombivli were arrested said Than Police. It has also been learned that bookies were using a software called ‘Bet and Take’ to place bets online. The software was used by the bookies to place bets nationally and internationally and it was provided by Jalan.

-Further details are awaited.

-With agency inputs.