Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan admits to involvement in IPL betting

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Bollywood actor and film- maker Arbaaz Khan had arrived in Thane today (Saturday, May 2) for recording his statement before the police in connection with an alleged IPL racket, an official said.

Arbaaz Khan has confessed to his involvement in betting over the IPL (Indian Premier League) matches, according to police officials of Thane anti-extortion cell involved in the investigations, quoted in a Times of India report.

The city police on Friday issued summons to the 50- year-old actor-producer for recording his statement today in connection with the betting racket.

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

Arbaaz had gone to the office of the Thane Polices Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) for recording his statement, said DCP (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhe.

The AEC busted the racket on May 15 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, officials have said.

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

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

Arbaaz allegedly lost Rs2.80 crore in betting to Jalan and was not paying the amount, following which the bookie had threatened the actor, the official had said, citing the interrogation of the arrested accused.