Actor and director Arbaaz Khan witness for Don role in 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

Arbaaz Khan was asked to appear before the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Thane Police for his alleged link in IPL betting scandal.

News agency ANI quoting sources reported that during interrogation Arbaaz Khan accepted that he had placed bets in IPL matches past year and had lost Rs 2.75 crore. The actor was summoned by the Thane Anti-Extortion Cell today for an interrogation.

Indian Premier League chairman Rajiv Shukla on Saturday made his views very clear on the Arbaaz Khan betting case by stating that neither the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nor the IPL has got anything to do with the issue. During the investigation, it was revealed that Jalan was in contact with Arbaaz Khan. The police are believed to be investigating allegations that he placed bets during the recent IPL season through Sonu Jalan. The police has also identified one Dilip Ludhani, the son of a Mumbai-based property developer who operates from Dubai and is stated to be close to Ibrahim.

The actor also said that he tried to quit the habit of betting, however, Sonu blackmailed him by playing old recordings.

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Arbaaz also told the police that he lost around Rs 3 crore in betting on IPL previous year and that his family members were extremely unhappy with his due to his habit of betting.

The AEC also seized a land-holding machine - a device used to place bets on on-going matches - from Jalan's house in Malad.

The police seized Jalan's personal diary, and a line phone. In those days, Jalan was working with a big bookie who went by the name Junior Calcutta.

An investigating officer told the media this afternoon that so far six accused have been arrested in the case while laptops and CDs recovered from them have been sent for forensic analysis. The Thane Police will arrive at conclusion only after questioning the filmmaker.

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