Mumbai: In the latest development in the IPL betting case, Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan on Saturday admits that he has a connection with the arrested bookie. He has admitted to have placed bets on Indian Premier League matches. Arbaaz also admitted that betting has been his hobby and he is used to placing bets on cricket matches.
Arbaaz Khan has been summoned by the Thane Police in connection with an alleged Indian Premier League (IPL) betting racket. The questioning was taken place on Saturday at around 11 am.
The Thane Police had on Friday sent a letter to Arbaaz to join the probe in the wake of the arrest of an alleged bookie who was placing bets on the recently-concluded IPL. The IPL betting racket was busted on May 15 by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane Police’s crime branch 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
The police have readied a list of questions that it is likely to ask Arbaaz. He will be questioned on his ties with Sonu, the alleged bookie who has been arrested. He is likely to be asked questions over the first time he met Sonu, how many times have the two met and who else was present during those meetings.
After the arrest of four people, the police during investigation established a “connection” between Jalan and Arbaaz, said Senior Inspector Pradeep Sharma, head of the AEC. “We suspect that Khan had placed bets on IPL matches and want to scrutinise his bank transactions,” another police official said.
Arbaaz allegedly lost Rs 2.80 crore in betting to Jalan and was not paying the amount, following which the bookie had threatened the actor, the official said citing the interrogation of the arrested accused.