Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Actor Arbaaz Khan Summoned In Connection With IPL Betting By Mumbai Cops

Actor Arbaaz Khan Summoned In Connection With IPL Betting By Mumbai Cops

TOI reported on Thursday + that a Bollywood biggie was close to Jalan (41), whose betting activities are spread across India and overseas, notably Gulf countries such as the UAE; Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal isn't dying down anytime soon as the Thane Police investigating the matter on Friday summoned Bollywood actor turned producer Arbaaz Khan.

Several reports from Mumbai reveal that the actor, brother of Salman Khan, was summoned by the cops after his name cropped up during an investigation of a high-profile bookie named Sonu Jalan.

Sources said Arbaaz had been asked by Thane police to join the probe and have his statement recorded. While now media reports on the same are sketchy, it is learnt that Arbaaz has been summoned with the intention of him joining the probe into the betting racket.

The police say he worked for a kingpin of cricket betting who goes by the name of "Junior Kolkata".

Pradeep Sharma, a senior inspector of the anti-extortion cell, had said, "We have booked him (Jalan) on betting charges". Apparently, Khan was blackmailed into paying crores, the threat being that his gambling habit would be exposed.

The police had recently caught a betting ring and they had also arrested the 42-year old Sonu Batla.

Despite repeated attempts by TOI to get his version, Arbaaz didn't return calls or respond to text messages. "We suspect that Khan had placed bets on IPL matches and want to scrutinise his bank transactions", another police official told PTI.

The Thane police has also found out about Jalan living a life of luxury with a number of flats in Mumbai. The police said Jalan travelled to Sri Lanka during an global tournament in 2016 and a probe is on to find out if there was any betting-linked match-fixing at the time.

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