A day after Arbaaz Khan was summoned by Thane Police in a case related to IPL betting, the Dabangg actor has reportedly admitted his association with bookies while also confessing to have lost Rs 2.75 crore last year.
Arbaaz was summoned after cricket bookie Sonu Jalan, aka Sonu Malad, on 29 May was arrested by the anti-extortion cell of the Thane crime branch. Quoting sources, ANI reported that “during interrogation actor Arbaaz Khan accepted that he had placed bets in IPL matches last year and had lost Rs 2.75 crore.”
The bookie was issuing him threats after Arbaaz reportedly failed to pay the amount to Jalan. Today, the actor was brought face to face with Jalan during the interrogation.
Thane Police Commissioner, Param Bir Singh said that the interrogation was on and a DCP rank officer will brief the media after the cops had finished grilling Arbaaz. Meanwhile, IPL Commissioner Rajeev Shukla said, “The matter is with the police, we have nothing to do with it. Both BCCI & ICC have anti-corruption units, police can coordinate with them.”
The police had found a diary of 42-year-old Jalan. It purportedly had the phone numbers of more than 100 bookies, the name of a Bollywood celebrity, contractors and builders, reported NDTV. Jalan reportedly worked for a bookie who goes by the name “Junior Kolkata”.
“Jalan had arranged a match-fixing meeting in Dubai,” Sharma said. “The celebrity was also present at that time. We are probing to know which match was fixed and who all were involved.”
Arbaaz Khan, 50, is the brother of superstar Salman Khan. He is also a film producer. The police are believed to be investigating allegations that he placed bets during the recent IPL season through Sonu Jalan. Jalan was allegedly trying to extort money from him.