Arbaaz Khan admits to involvement in IPL betting, says he will cooperate with Police
Apparently, Arbaaz lost INR 2.8 crores in the betting business and Jalan threatened to expose his name if he did not pay up the due amount.
Updated - Jun 2, 2018 9:27 pm
Famous Bollywood personality Arbaaz Khan confessed to the Thane Police about his involvement in the betting rackets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for over five to six years. His name was among the few that came up in the aftermath of a bust by Thane Police’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC). Arbaaz was called in by the authorities on Saturday (June 2) afternoon, when he gave his statement in the matter.
When asked to comment on the issue by reporters, he said he had answered honestly to whatever the Police wanted to know and he will continue to do so in the future. “My statement has been recorded. Police asked whatever they needed in this investigation and I answered them. I will continue to cooperate with them,” said the actor-director after giving his recorded statement to the Police.
Backdrop of the story
In the bust by Thane Police’s ACE on May 15, six accused members of an extensive racket were arrested for the IPL betting scandal, as per the DCP of the Crime Branch. Among them was a top bookie called Sonu Jalan, aka Sonu Malad who has deeprooted connections in the betting syndicate. Word is, he has acquaintances with Dawood and the D-company as well.
During the investigation and the follow-up interrogation of Sonu, the name of Arbaaz Khan came up and he was summoned immediately to be present in the Police Station and give his statement under the Public Gambling Act by Thane Police. They will further check Arbaaz’s bank account statements to continue the investigation.
Statement of the authorities
“Six accused have been arrested in the cricket betting racket. Arbaaz Khan’s name came up in the case during interrogation of Sonu Jalan. Arbaaz’s statement has been recorded. Some new names have cropped up, action will be taken against them,” said DCP (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhe.
“We suspect that Arbaaz Khan had placed bets on IPL matches and want to scrutinise his bank transactions,” another police official was quoted by the media. Apparently, Arbaaz lost INR 2.8 crores in the betting business and Jalan threatened to expose his name if he did not pay up the due amount.