- Mumbai cops have busted a betting racket recently
- Bookie Sonu Jalan was allegedly trying to extort money from Arbaaz, it was reported
The Hush Post: Thane police has summoned actor-producer Arbaaz Khan, 50, in connection with an Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scam, a senior police official said, it has been reported.
Actor Salman Khan’s younger brother was summoned days after the arrest of a bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla. The police had recently busted a betting ring and had arrested 42-year-old Jalan, who allegedly operated in the country and abroad. Jalan was allegedly trying to extort money from Khan, it was reported.
“During investigation, it was found that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan as he had lost money on one of the matches,” said Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector from Thane anti extortion cell, it was reported.
Two days after Jalan’s arrest, Thane’s anti-extortion cell found a diary with phone numbers of more than 100 bookies in it. The names of a Bollywood celebrity, contractors and builders figured surfaced in the diary, police said. “We have got the list of bookies and are verifying it with Jalan. We found the book during a search at his home,” Sharma was quoted.
“Jalan had arranged a match-fixing meeting at Dubai. The celebrity was also present at that time. We are probing to know which match was fixed and who all were involved,” Sharma said.
Jalan, according to reports, was first arrested in 2008 for IPL betting. He allegedly has links with Karachi-based terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.
Another film personality, Vindu Dara Singh, was arrested in 2013 by Mumbai police for cricket betting, specifically spot-fixing. He was later released on bail. The cash-rich IPL has been always shadowed by gambling controversies since it started in 2008.