Mumbai, Jun 2: After Bollywood actor and producer Arbaaz Khan, the Mumbai Police is likely to summon another actor, Vindu Dara Singh, in connection with the IPL betting case, sources claim after Sonu Malad alias Sonu Jalan, whose police custody has been extended till June 6, reportedly revealed during the interrogation that he met the actor twice with his aide Prem Taneja, a bookie.
Arbaaz Khan was summoned after prominent bookie Sonu Jalan, who reportedly has links with various mafia dons including absconding Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, was arrested sometime ago and interrogated by the AEC sleuths over IPL betting scam.
Earlier on Saturday, during interrogation, Sonu Jalan told that he met Arbaaz Khan through an ex-inspector of Mumbai Police. Revealing further, he said that the actor introduced him to other Bollywood celebrities.
Meanwhile, sources have claimed that Arbaaz Khan, along with other celebrities, attended a big party which was organised by bookies after winning a huge amount in betting during IPL.
Arbaaz Khan confessed have been betting on cricket matches for the past five to six years, a police official claimed on Saturday. The filmmaker has also asserted of not placing bets on any match of the Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) that ended on May 27. He assured full cooperation in the ongoing probe in the case. “My statement has been recorded. The police asked whatever they needed in this investigation and I answered them. I will continue to cooperate with them,” the 50-year-old told media.
“The actor told police that he has been betting on cricket matches for the past 5-6 years,” the police official said on the condition of anonymity. Speaking to ANI, investigating officer on IPL betting case, Pradeep Sharma said, “We recorded Arbaaz Khan’s statement today & he cooperated with us. I can not divulge the details. We will call him again if needed.”
The city police yesterday issued summons to the 50-year-old actor-producer for recording his statement today in connection with the betting racket. In a letter sent to Khan, the police asked him to join the probe in the wake of arrest of an alleged bookie who was placing bets on the recently-concluded VIVO IPL 2018.
Khan reached the office of the Thane Police’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) for recording his statement, DCP (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhe said. He further added that six arrests have been made today in connection with the IPL betting case. He said, “In IPL betting case, we have arrested 6 people today till now. Today we have recorded statement of Arbaaz Khan, some new names have come in today’s interrogation . We will investigate further.”
On May 15, the AEC busted a racket 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. During the investigation, a “connection” between Jalan and Khan was established, head of the AEC, Senior Inspector Pradeep Sharma had yesterday said.
“We suspect that Arbaaz Khan had placed bets on IPL matches and want to scrutinise his bank transactions,” another police official had told PTI.
Khan 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 revealed.