Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan admits to IPL betting

Actor Arbaaz Khan´s name surfaced in an investigation into high-profile bookie Sonu Jalan media reports

Actor Arbaaz Khan´s name surfaced in an investigation into high-profile bookie Sonu Jalan media reports

The police had recently busted a betting ring and had arrested 42-year-old Jalan, who allegedly operated in the country as well as overseas.

The city police had sent a letter to Arbaaz Khan, asking him to join the probe in the wake of arrest of Jalan who was allegedly placing bets on the recently-concluded edition of IPL.

According to ANI, Arbaaz accepted that he had placed bets in IPL matches a year ago and had lost Rs 2.75 crore.

Arbaaz's confession came before a team of Thane Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) which is probing the IPL betting scam.

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

The actor will be going through an inquisition by the police at Maharashtra's Thane, where he had professed to having lost Rs. 2.80 crore to a bookie named Sonu Jalan during the bets placed in IPL matches.

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During the interrogation, the actor revealed that he lost nearly 2.8 crores in past year IPL and is not paying that sum to Sonu Jalan.

AEC officials said that Ludhani and another notorious bookie, Junior Calcutta, are also on their radar.

Arbaaz is an actor and younger brother of Bollywood megastar Salman Khan, known for his money-spinning movies, but who also faces his own legal troubles.

Police say they have smashed a number of betting syndicates across India during this year´s season, which ended last week.

Arbaaz Khan was interrogated in front of Sonu Jalan, reports. Police asked whatever they needed in this investigation and I answered them.

The police had found a diary of 42-year-old Jalan. And now, as per Maha police, Arbaaz will be made a witness in this high profile betting case involving Dawood Ibrahim's betting syndicate. Subsequently, too there was a huge transaction between Jalan and Khan. "Jalan also threatened him after that", said he said. Apparently, Khan was blackmailed into paying crores, the threat being that his gambling habit would be exposed.

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