Arbaaz Khan, the brother of Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan, was summoned for investigations into the ongoing probe in the Indian Premier League matches (IPL) betting case, that was busted recently. Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire said, “The actor and producer has been asked to appear before the Thane Anti Extortion cell on Saturday.”
Thane police’s anti-extortion cell had recently busted a betting ring and arrested 42-year-old Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad, who is said to be one of the ‘biggest bookies’ in cricket globally. He was operating the betting racket from Mumbai and was arrested on Tuesday. After two day, the Thane anti-extortion cell found a diary with phone numbers of more than 100 bookies.
The police said, “The names of a Bollywood celebrity, contractors and builders are mentioned in the diary and we have got the list of bookies and are verifying it with Sonu Jalan. We found the diary during search at his home.”
Sonu Jalan is also said to be associated with Dawood Ibrahim and is a close aide of another top international bookie running the racket. Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector from Thane anti extortion cell said that during the investigation, it was found that Arbaaz Khan was being threatened by Sonu Jalan as he had lost money on one of the matches.
The Investigating Officer, Pradeep Sharma said, the police are presently working to verify whether Arbaz khan indulged in any match fixing or not. Arbaaz Khan is to appear at the Khandni Police station in Thane, Mumbai, on Saturday at 11 am.
A source said, Sonu Jalan conducted a sting operations with multiple celebrities who were betting in the Indian Premier League matches, there is a likelihood of names beyond Salman Khan’s brother coming out in the case. The other source claimed, “ With this stings he used to threatened those celebraties who refused to return the money which they lost in betting”.
It is heard that Arbaaz Khan was in touch with bookie Sonu Jalan and lost approximately Rs. 2.83 Cr as per initial estimates.