Hindi film actor and director Arbaaz Khan and two other Bollywood actors, besides several models have been summoned by Thane police in connection with Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket betting scam, media reports indicate.
The two Bollywood actors lost Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1.5 crore in IPL betting this year and are under threat from the underworld to pay up immediately. Besides, these two Bollywood actors, several businessmen, hotel and pub owners, dance bar owners, models and others have about 70 crore in all pending with bookies who are pressurizing them to pay up.
According to media reports, Salman Khan’s brother was summoned on Friday afternoon. Police have asked the Dabangg star to join the probe. The police have a list of Bollywood stars and models who participated in the betting racket during the IPL season this year.
According to TOI, his name cropped up during the investigation of high profile bookie Sonu Jalan. Arbaaz has been asked to record his statement by the ant-extortion cell of Thane crime branch.
TV channel Times Now has claimed that Arbaaz was betting on IPL matches and lost Rs 2.8 crore in bets following which he was receiving threats from Jalan.
The anti-extortion cell of the Thane Crime Branch on Tuesday had arrested Sonu Yogendra Jalan, alias Sonu Malad, one of the country’s leading cricket bookies. He was arrested in connection with a betting racket that was busted in Dombivali on May 16.
Jalan is allegedly linked with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Jalan was arrested in Mumbai from Kalyan court when Police was tipped about his presence.
Jalan was arrested from Kalyan on Tuesday evening by the anti-extortion cell for providing software to the five bookies who were arrested in the Dombivali case.
“His software called ‘Bet and Take’ is quite famous among bookies and is used by them in India and internationally as well,” said police inspector Rajkumar Kotmire, of the Thane anti-extortion cell. “His arrest is big, as it will help us unearth the national and international network of bookies,” he added.
On May 16, four bookies – Gautam Savla, Nitin Punjani, Nikhil Sampat, and Khushal Khimji were arrested by the anti-extortion cell during a raid in a shop at Shanti Sadan, Dombivli east. They were caught betting online as well as on their mobile phone during the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede stadium. This was followed by the arrest of one more bookie Vrajesh Joshi.
According to a report in Financial Express, Jalan had come to the court to meet an arrested accused to get more information about IPL case. The report says that Jalan is associated with many Bollywood celebrities.