Arbaaz Khan lost Rs 2.80 crore in betting, refused to pay amount: Bookie Sonu Jalan tells Thane police

Arbaaz Khan lost Rs 2.80 crore in betting, refused to pay amount: Bookie Sonu Jalan tells Thane police
Arbaaz Khan reached Thane Police’s Anti-Extortion Cell today morning to record his statement (Picture: @tvwnewsindia/Twitter)

Bollywood actor and filmmaker Arbaaz Khan arrived at the Thane Police’s Anti-Extortion Cell on Saturday morning for recording his statement before the police in connection with an alleged IPL betting racket.

The city police yesterday 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 the arrest of an alleged bookie who was placing bets on the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).

Arbaaz has reached the office of the Thane Police’s 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.

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

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

During the investigation, Sonu confessed that Arbaaz had allegedly lost Rs 2.80 crore in betting and was not paying the amount, following which the bookie had threatened the actor, the official added.

While searching Sonu’s apartment earlier, officials recovered a diary with phone numbers of more than 100 bookies. The diary also contained names of several prominent Bollywood celebrities, contractors, and businessmen.

With agency inputs

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