Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police in IPL betting case

Actor-producer Arbaaz Khan has been summoned by the Thane police in connection with an Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scam, a senior police official said.

Actor Salman Khan’s 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 as well as abroad.

“The case investigations are going on since the past five-six years and could involve amounts of over Rs 500-600 crore. We want to find out from Arbaaz what was his role in the entire matter,” said Kothmire who is probing the matter.

The 50-year-old actor-producer’s cropped up during Jalan’s interrogation and recovery of some photographs which include other major film personalities who may be subsequently summoned, he indicated.

His name cropped up during the investigation of high profile bookie Sonu Jalan. Arbaaz has been asked to record his statement by the anti-extortion cell of Thane crime branch.

Pradeep Sharma, the senior inspector of anti extortion cell, said that they have summoned the actor-producer to ascertain “his role in the betting racket and which shall be confirmed once his statement is recorded.”

He later told PTI that a “connection” between Arbaaz and Jalan has been established and the actor has been been asked to appear at the AEC office on Saturday.

Jalan (41) was nabbed on the Kalyan sessions court premises, where he had come to “comfort” his partners who were produced there on Tuesday. Popularly known in gambling circles as Sonu Malad, Jalan is said to be a key person in the betting business, with his activities spread across continents. Police inspector Pradeep Sharma says his annual turnover could be close to Rs 100 crore.

Jalan, a Mumbai resident, is a partner in an online portal which was active during the IPL season. The anti-extortion unit of Thane police claims that his arrest would further expose the betting racket and bring to light an army of bookies.

“Jalan and two others had fixed matches in 2015 as well as during Sri Lanka-Australia series in 2016. Jalan was also in contact with a Bollywood biggie, whose identity is yet to be established,” an officer was quoted as saying by Mid-Day on the eve of the day the arrest was made.

Sonu uses a software ‘Bet and Take’ for bets both in India and internationally. “His software called ‘Bet and Take’ is quite famous among bookies and is used by them in India and internationally as well,” inspector Rajkumar Kotmire of the Thane anti-extortion cell had revealed, says Mid-Day.