Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by police in IPL betting case

Arbaaz Khan
Arbaaz Khan
Arbaaz Khan

THANE, Maharashtra: The police here today issued summons to Bollywood actor and film-maker Arbaaz Khan for recording his statement tomorrow in connection with an alleged IPL betting racket, officials said.

In a letter sent to Arbaaz today, the police asked him to join the probe in the wake of the arrest of an alleged bookie that was placing bets on the recently-concluded Indian Premier League, a police official said.

The racket was busted on May 15 by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane Police’s crime branch with the arrest of four people in Mumbai, including Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad, who is believed to be one of the top bookies of the country, the official said.

During the investigation, a “connection” between Jalan and Arbaaz has been established, said Senior Inspector Pradeep Sharma, head of the AEC.

The actor has been asked to appear at the AEC office here tomorrow.

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

Arbaaz allegedly lost Rs 2.80 crore in betting to Jalan and was not paying the amount, following which the bookie had threatened the actor, the official said, citing the interrogation of the arrested accused.

Arbaaz could not be contacted for comments despite several attempts.

Jalan allegedly ran his betting racket from Dombivli in Thane district of Maharashtra.

The summons, sent to Arbaazs Bandra residence, stated that Jalan has been arrested in connection with the case under sections 420,465,468,471rw 34 of the IPC, section 4(A),5 of the Gambling Act and also IT Act 66A registered in the Dombilivi police station.

Jalan had been arrested for betting on IPL matches by the Mumbai crime branch in 2012 too, the official added.

The police remand of Jalan ends tomorrow. PTI

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