Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan on Saturday (June 2) turned up at Thane anti-extortion cell office to record his statement concerning the IPL 2018 betting case.
The cell had summoned a notice to Arbaaz on Friday (June 1), asking him to convey his statement after he was found to be in connection with the alleged multi-crore betting racket.
“Arbaaz has come and we are recording his statement,” Pradeep Sharma, a senior police inspector with the anti-extortion cell, quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
The notice was summoned to Arbaaz after the arrest of a bookie named Sonu Jalan, who allegedly operated the betting racket in the country as well as abroad during the IPL 2018.
“During investigation, it was found that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan,” Sharma said.
According to police, Arbaaz had placed a bet on an IPL match last year and lost it. Jalan had allegedly been threatening Arbaaz to pay up.
“We have found photos and chats that show Jalan and Khan (Arbaaz) were in touch,” the senior police inspector revealed.
Just a couple of days after Jalan’s arrest, the anti-extortion cell unearthed a diary with contact numbers of more than 100 bookies. The names of a Bollywood celebrity, contractors and builders were there in the diary.
“Jalan had arranged a match-fixing meeting at Dubai. The celebrity was also present at that time. We are probing to know which match was fixed and who all were involved,” Sharma concluded.
(With inputs from Hindustan Times)