Bollywood actor-producer Arbaaz Khan has reportedly confessed to his involvement in an IPL betting racket. A bookie, Sonu Jalan, was arrested on Tuesday who divulged his name. Jalan is said to run an international gambling operation worth Rs 5,000 crore and reportedly has connections with Dawood Ibrahim.
Arbaaz was today called to record his statement before the anti-extortion cell of Thane police. At the police station, he was made to sit face-to-face with alleged bookie Sonu Jalan, arrested earlier in the case.
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, yesterday. The two are said to have known each other for over five years.
Arbaaz Khan allegedly lost Rs. 2.80 crores to a bookie, Sonu Jalan, in bets on IPL matches and was not paying the amount, following which the bookie had threatened the actor, an official said, citing the interrogation of the arrested accused.
Another film personality, Vindu Dara Singh, was arrested in 2013 by the Mumbai police for cricket betting, specifically spot-fixing. He was later released on bail.
The cash-rich IPL has been shadowed by gambling controversies since it started in 2008.