Mumbai: Actor Arbaaz Khan has reportedly been summoned by the police in Maharashtra in connection with betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire said, "The actor and producer has been asked to appear before the Thane Anti Extortion cell on Saturday".
The summons were issued to Arbaaz after prominent bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla - who reportedly has links with various mafia dons, including absconding Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar - was arrested sometime ago and interrogated by the AEC sleuths in connection with the IPL scam, he added.
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The police say he worked for a kingpin of cricket betting who goes by the name of "Junior Kolkata". Sources close to the channel claim that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan for an unpaid amount of Rs 2.8 crore. "Subsequently, there was another huge transaction between them".
Jalan was arrested for providing software to the five bookies who were arrested in the Dombivali case. Apparently, Khan was blackmailed into paying crores, the threat being that his gambling habit would be exposed.
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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.
Despite repeated attempts by TOI to get his version, Arbaaz didn't return calls or respond to text messages. "His network could involve almost 3,500 punters", said Sharma. It purportedly had the phone numbers of more than 100 bookies, the name of a Bollywood celebrity, contractors and builders. The police said Jalan travelled to Sri Lanka during an global tournament in 2016 and a probe is on to find out if there was any betting-linked match-fixing at the time.
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