Arbaaz Khan, Parag Sanghvi to be made prosecution witnesses in IPL betting case

The Thane Police said actor Arbaaz Khan will be made a witness in the IPL betting case in which he recorded his statement last Saturday, reports India Today.

Producer Parag Sanghvi had also recorded his statement on Wednesday after he was summoned by Thane Anti Extortion Cell. He too will be made a witness in the case.

Khan had confessed to placing bets with prime accused Sonu Jalan during IPL matches. However, he had said in his statement that no financial transaction took place between the two.

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Following the statements as well as evidence found in the case, Thane police decided to make him a witness to prove Jalan’s betting business.

“I was summoned and I recorded my statement in the case and will cooperate whenever I am required to in the ongoing investigation,” Arbaaz Khan told the media on Saturday.

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On Tuesday, Jalan’s former partner, Sameer Buddha – who is also the brother of a former cop Sohel Buddha – was summoned. In his statement, Buddha said he was partner with Jalan in an auto spare parts business but had not carried out any dealings in the betting business.

The car that Jalan used belonged to him and he had given it to him as a settlement when they wrapped up their business venture. Producer Parag Sanghvi – who had produced movies like Sarkar and Partner – was summoned as Jalan said he was his business partner.

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Sanghvi’s production house K Sera Sera has produced around 20 Bollywood movies. In his statement to the police, Sanghvi said he had met Jalan in a Juhu-based hotel. When a case was registered against Sonu in Mumbai, he stopped communication with him. He has not had any communication with him for the past year and a half.

“I have told police everything in my statement, I knew him for the past five years but when I found out he was a bookie I ceased any communication with him. I have no role in the case,” Sanghvi told India Today.

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Sanghvi’s statements under 164 CRPC will be recorded in front of a magistrate.

Senior Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma from Thane Anti Extortion cell said, “We have recorded Sanghvi’s statement and he says he has not had any communication with Jalan for the past few years. He met him through a friend but was not in touch with him neither was he involved in the betting business. We will make Arbaaz Khan and Sanghvi witnesses in the case. If need be we will summon them again. Meanwhile the name of Amit Jalan, a builder, has emerged during interrogations with Sonu Jalan and it will be probed.”

Amit is based in Malad in Mumbai’s western suburbs. He has invested a lot of money with Sonu Jalan in the betting business. Investigators will probe if Amit had indeed invested in the betting business or in the some other business deals. Sonu had a flat in a building constructed by Amit Jalan.

Amit and Sonu have three flats in Aurus Serenity, a building on Link road in Malad.

Fresh case of extortion registered against Ravi Pujari, Sonu Jalan: Arbaaz, Parag Sanghvi to be arrested

June 4 (ANI): The Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane police on Monday issued summons to more people including film producer Parag Sanghvi and another person Sameer Buddha in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting racket.

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Police have asked all of them to appear before the AEC on Tuesday.

A fresh case of extortion has also been registered against bookie Sonu Jalan and gangster Ravi Pujari. In the latest FIR – Ritesh Hasmukh Shah – a 39-year-old businessman from Thane has accused Sonu and five other bookies of extortion and threatening him with murder. Sources also went on to reveal the involvement of a former cop, Sohail Buddha and his brother Sameer. Well, these are also the two names that cropped up in the infamous Sheena Bora Murder Case. Sameer, brother of Sohail was contacted to by Indrani Mukherjea’s driver, Shyamlal Rai. Rai had called 21 times from April 17 and April 24, 2012.

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On June 2, the police custody of Sonu Jalan, who has been apprehended in connection with the ongoing probe, has been extended till June 6.

Bollywood star Arbaaz Khan’s name has also cropped up in the investigation.

Arbaaz, brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, confessed to placing bets last year and losing Rs. 2.75 crore.

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Arbaaz, 50, said he will continue to co-operate with the police in this investigation.

The actor was called for questioning on May 29 by the Anti Extortion Cell, Thane.

According to police sources, Sonu Jalan made a whopping Rs 500 Cr during the recently concluded IPL season. He also earned Rs 10 Cr in one match, just in the IPL Finals.

Arbaaz Khan, Parag Sanghvi, etc to be arrested as cops apply MCOCA in IPL betting case, Police Statements Admissible as Evidence under MCOCA

Interrogation of alleged bookie Sonu Malad alias Sonu Jalan has revealed that he purportedly took help of gangster Ravi Pujari in recovering money from those who placed bets through him during IPL matches but defaulted on payment after incurring losses, police said today.

Thane Police, who are investigating the case, have decided to apply stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Jalan, Pujari and other top bookies, he said.

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Application of MCOCA makes it difficult for an accused to secure bail, besides the police get six months to file the charge sheet. Not just that, statements given to the police and confessions and admissions made before the police are acceptable as evidence in a court of law. Hence, if MCOCA is applied against even 2-3 accused, Arbaaz Khan’s confessional statement admitting that he indulged in betting over the last 6 years and even lost Rs 2.8 crore and was in touch with a bookie who was in turn in touch with organised crime members like Ravi Pujari and Dawood Ibrahim, makes him liable for arrest. Under the IPC a self-incriminating statement made before the police during investigation is not admissible as evidence, but under MCOCA, it is, which means Arbaaz Khan’s confession that he was associated with Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad – the main accused in the case, makes him liable for arrest.

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Top police sources in the Thane Anti Extortion Cell have confirmed to IndiaScoops.com Special Crime Correspondent that Salman Khan’s brother and ex husband of Malaika Arora, actor Arbaaz Khan will be arrested sooner or later in the Rs 1000 crore IPL betting scam.

“We have to arrest him. It is an international crime syndicate controlled by wanted terrorist and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his henchmen from Dubai and Pakistan. Arbaaz Khan is not new to the industry. He is not a kid. As a producer and as the brother of Salman Khan, he has traveled all over the world and knows very well how these things work and operate. He is fully aware that the betting racket on such a large scale is controlled by the underworld. He was not betting for a few thousand. His deals ran into crores. So Arbaaz Khan is part of the underworld, organised crime syndicate and we will have to arrest him. We are only waiting to record everyone’s statements. After that there may be 2-3 sensational arrests,” our police source told IndiaScoops.com.

Besides Arbaaz Khan, producer Parag Sanghvi,  producer Murad Khaitan and builder Dilip Ludhani could be arrested by the Thane AEC in the IPL betting scam. Jalan also told the interrogators that Bollywood producer Parag Sanghvi, who is the CEO of a film production-distribution company Alumbra Entertainment and Lotus Film Company, based in Mumbai, was his “partner” in the betting racket, the official said.

Jalan had been arrested several times in the past by the Mumbai Police in connection with cricket betting.

Meanwhile, Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the police today sent a notice to Bollywood producer Parag Sanghavi asking him to appear before them tomorrow for questioning, the officer said.

Sanghvi’s name had cropped up during interrogation of Jalan who had disclosed that Sanghvi was his “partner” in betting, he said.

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Police also summoned one Sameer Buddha, brother of a former police officer, as part of their investigation into the case, he said.

According to the officer, Jalan was picked up by the Thane crime branch from the car of Sameer Buddha on May 29.

Police had last week questioned Bollywood actor and filmmaker Arbaaz Khan during their investigation.

According to the officer, Buddha had lost around Rs. 2.5 crore in bets he had placed through Jalan.

Police had claimed that Arbaaz, brother of actor Salman Khan, has told them that he had been betting on cricket matches for the past five to six years.

“It came to light during Jalan’s interrogation that he was allegedly taking help of gangster Ravi Pujari to recover money from those who placed bets during IPL matches but lost,” the officer said.

He said Jalan has revealed his connections with suspected bookies Rakesh Rajkot, Junior Kolkata, Munir Khan, Mannan Amritsar, Kiran Malla, and Ketan Tanna.

“They all are wanted by us and we have been looking for them,” the officer said.

Thane Police have booked Jalan in three cases including a case of extortion lodged by a chili trader, he said.

The officer said the trader had allegedly lost Rs. 3 crore in bets he had placed through Jalan.

“After the trader defaulted on payment, Jalan met with him and during that meeting he allegedly called up Pujari who threatened the trader with dire consequences,” he said.

On the complaint of the trader, a case of extortion was registered with Thane Nagar police station against Jalan, Pujari and other bookies, he said.

According to police, Jalan allegedly had several international connections and is considered a big shot bookie in Mumbai.

Jalan allegedly had associates in Delhi, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, besides in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Africa and Saudi Arabia, police had said.

The AEC had last month arrested four suspected bookies for allegedly operating a betting racket during the recently-concluded IPL season from a shop in Dombivli in Thane district.

Bookie threatens Arbaaz Khan, records video: Arbaaz Khan, Producer Parag Sanghvi, Murad Khaitan and builder Dilip Ludhani could be arrested in IPL betting scam

According to a Hindustan Times report, bookie Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad, an SSC failed student, used to sell automobile spare parts. While doing so, he started betting almost 16 years ago. Some former police officers he knew helped him with a few bookies’ numbers and he started working with them. He also used to bet in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Dubai and Sri Lanka.

He came in contact with big bookies connected with the underworld and later Bollywood celebrities interested in betting.

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“That’s how he came in contact with Arbaaz Khan five years ago,” said a Thane AEC officer. As per the police, according to Jalan’s statement, the whole transaction was done over word of mouth.

“Khan and Jalan started betting on IPL matches. Khan’s losses and wins were maintained on a blackboard at Jalan’s home. When Khan came to know that Jalan was bragging by taking his name, he demanded the deal be finished off. It was then that Jalan told Khan that he had to pay Rs 2.83 crore. There is a video of Jalan threatening Khan. Khan told the police he did not remember this incident,” he added.

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Top police sources in the Thane Anti Extortion Cell have confirmed to IndiaScoops.com Special Crime Correspondent that Salman Khan’s brother and ex husband of Malaika Arora, actor Arbaaz Khan will be arrested sooner or later in the Rs 1000 crore IPL betting scam.

“We have to arrest him. It is an international crime syndicate controlled by wanted terrorist and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his henchmen from Dubai and Pakistan. Arbaaz Khan is not new to the industry. He is not a kid. As a producer and as the brother of Salman Khan, he has traveled all over the world and knows very well how these things work and operate. He is fully aware that the betting racket on such a large scale is controlled by the underworld. He was not betting for a few thousand. His deals ran into crores. So Arbaaz Khan is part of the underworld, organised crime syndicate and we will have to arrest him. We are only waiting to record everyone’s statements. After that there may be 2-3 sensational arrests,” our police source told IndiaScoops.com.

Besides Arbaaz Khan, producer Parag Sanghvi,  producer Murad Khaitan and builder Dilip Ludhani could be arrested by the Thane AEC in the IPL betting scam. Jalan also told the interrogators that Bollywood producer Parag Sanghvi, who is the CEO of a film production-distribution company Alumbra Entertainment and Lotus Film Company,based in Mumbai, was his “partner” in the betting racket, the official said.

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According to a report in Zee News, Sonu Jalan had roped in two bar dancers, reportedly called Komal and Gayatri, as partners in the IPL betting syndicate. Police sources claim at least 20 bar girls in Mumbai were working with Jalan to rope in clients. The bar girls would ‘compromise’ with big clients having deep pockets and then recommend Jalan’s name to the clients after tempting them with quick money.

Arbaaz Khan used to be apprehensive about meeting Sonu alone since the latter had a habit of recording and filming every single conversation. Sources told Zee News, Arbaaz found out about this behaviour only two years after meeting the racketeer.

Sonu used to approach clients through high-profile individuals and their contacts. He had over 1200 clients, and he was among 100 others who were all handled by a superior. Police believe that superior’s nickname was Junior Kolkata and he has already left the country.

2 bar girls, 7 Bollywood celebs, Arbaaz Khan and Sonu Jalan: The mystery of IPL betting case

The questioning of actor Arbaaz Khan and one Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad has given Mumbai Police fresh clues about the betting racket concerning the recently-concluded Indian Premier League twenty-20 cricket tournament.

According to sources, police have got names of seven members of the Bollywood fraternity who were allegedly introduced to Sonu by Arbaaz Khan. This comes a day after the police questioned the ‘Dabangg’ actor for over five hours.

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Apart from people from Bollywood, Sonu Jalan had also roped in two bar dancers, namely Komal and Gayatri, as partners in the IPL betting syndicate.

As per the findings of the police, Arbaaz used to be apprehensive about meeting Sonu alone, as the latter had the habit of voice recording and even filming the conversation. Arbaaz came to know about this only after two years of friendship with the racketeer, said the sources.

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He came to know about the same only after the incident of one government officer getting blackmailed by Sonu.

Sonu made clients by using high-profile people and their contacts. They reportedly introduced Sonu to others, who he later involved in the betting syndicate. Arbaaz also got acquainted with Sonu in a similar manner.

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There are more than 1200 clients of Sonu in the betting syndicate, and the racketeer himself is among 100 such people handled by a superior. Sources said that the superior, known as Junior Kolkatan or Junior Calcutta, is directly in touch with the underworld. Police believe that Junior Kolkata has already left India.

Sarkar movie producer Parag Sanghvi, CEO of Alumbra Entertainment & Lotus Film Company and former MD of media company K Sera Sera, has also has been called in for questioning.

Pradeep Sharma, senior inspector, Thane AEC said on Saturday, “Two Bollywood producers, Parag Sanghvi and Murad Khaitan’s names have cropped up. We will call them for questioning. Sanghvi was Jalan’s partner. A top bookie who is a Mumbai-based builder’s son, Dilip Ludhani, has also been named. We are probing further. We will call Khan again if needed.”

The crime branch of Mumbai Police had on Saturday confirmed that six people had been arrested in connection with the case so far, adding that more people would be arrested in the case.

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Speaking to reporters, DCP Abhishek Trimukhe had said, “Six accused have been arrested in cricket betting racket. Some new names have cropped up, action will be taken against them.”

Replying to a question on actor Arbaaz Khan’s alleged involvement in the IPL betting racket, the DCPO said, “Arbaaz Khan’s name came up in the case during the interrogation of Sonu Jalan. Arbaaz’s statement has been recorded.”

Besides Arbaaz Khan, 3 other Bollywood Superstars in IPL Betting Racket

Even as Bollywood actor and filmmaker Arbaaz Khan was being grilled by the Anti Extortion Cell of the Thane Crime Branch about his alleged role in the IPL betting case, the police are believed to have discovered the name of a leading superstar and at least 12 others from Bollywood in the red diary of arrested bookie Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad who is also associated with the Dawood Ibrahim gang and other international betting rackets.

Besides Arbaaz Khan, three other Bollywood superstars’ names have cropped up during the investigation. The police are trying to find a “definite link or connect” along with “evidence” in the form of call recordings or WhatsApp messages between the bookies and the Bollywood superstars before summoning them for questioning. 

Sarkar movie producer Parag Sanghvi, CEO of Alumbra Entertainment & Lotus Film Company and former MD of media company K Sera Sera, has also has been called in for questioning.

Pradeep Sharma, senior inspector, Thane AEC said on Saturday, “Two Bollywood producers, Parag Sanghvi and Murad Khaitan’s names have cropped up. We will call them for questioning. Sanghvi was Jalan’s partner. A top bookie who is a Mumbai-based builder’s son, Dilip Ludhani, has also been named. We are probing further. We will call Khan again if needed.”

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The IPL betting racket was busted last month by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Thane Police’s Crime Branch. Jalan, who is reportedly one of the top bookies of the country, is believed to have close connections with Arbaaz Khan, said Pradeep Sharma of the AEC. Arbaaz had been asked to join the probe into the betting rackets of Jalan who was arrested for placing bets during IPL 2018.

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The AEC team is confident that Arbaaz is not the only Bollywood celeb in the racket. The superstar whose name has been discovered in Jalan’s red diary has a big film in the making. Another big actor whose private life has gained him much notoriety is also named in the diary, according to reports in PeepingMoon.com. However, most of these betting transactions date back to IPL 2016 when Jalan was most active.

Of particular interest to the police are two matches of 2016 in which Jalan and his international network of bookies and punters were said to be heavily involved. According to the police, Jalan was not operating alone for these two matches. The entire D Company was involved. It is not known if Arbaaz, who was introduced to the bookie by a businessman named Hanif Khan, was also embroiled.

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The next big fish likely to fall in the Thane Crime Branch’s net will be the big Bollywood superstar who is said to close to fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim claims PeepingMoon.com. Jalan’s betting operation was not restricted to the IPL alone. The bookie was also involved with the Pakistan Super League, the Caribbean Premier League, Big Bash League and Bangladesh Premier League, reports PeepingMoon.com.

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Sr PI Pradeep Sharma, is heading the investigation and will call three big Bollywood producers and some financers also for questioning. Arbaaz Khan is just the tip of the iceberg. The police suspect he was heavily into betting and want to scrutinize his bank accounts. Arbaaz reportedly lost Rs. 2.80 crore to Rs 3 crore in bets. Since he did not pay up, the bookie started threatening and blackmailing him. The police claim to have photographic and electronic evidence implicating Arbaaz Khan in the case.

The 50-year-old actor told the police that he had been invited by Jalan to Delhi. Khan added the pictures of him with Jalan were clicked during his meeting with him.

The actor revealed that he was being blackmailed by Jalan using the recordings of his calls to him. Khan said that Jalan also used the recordings of phone calls and photos to force him to attend events for him, reports India Today.

The police said that the actor placed bets over the phone. Khan, however, denied that he took money from the bets that he placed through Jalan. Incidentally, Khan and Jalan got into a spat last year after the latter asked him to pay Rs 2.75 crore for bets he had lost on cricket matches.

According to the statement, Khan told Jalan that he had never shown any balance sheets or accounts regarding the bets. Khan’s enquiry about the Rs 2.75 crore led to an argument between the two parties. The actor, however, admitted that he had won another bet last year and it was because of this win their dispute was settled says the India Today report.

In the recent past, Jalan had similarly blackmailed an Enforcement Directorate officer who was posted in Gujarat. The officer, who is facing corruption charges, is currently being questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Jalan, who was adept with technology, would record videos of officers and some celebrities. He even laid honey traps during his meetings with these officers and celebrities and used female models to trap his clients. He has a network of female models who work for him, either as tippers or ‘marketing agents’ to rope in clients. Many of these models also moonlight as high class escorts and call girls and trap clients into placing bets through Jalan. At least 3 South actresses who reside in Mumbai are part of the racket.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s aides Raees Farooqui and Anil Tunda had met Jalan in the past. Both Farooqui and Tunda are known for operating Dawood’s betting syndicate.

Jalan has been active in the betting circuit for the past 16 years. According to the police, a former police officer guided Jalan. In 2011, Jalan had honeytrapped another senior police officer.

The police will examine Jalan’s bank accounts and email accounts. According to the police, Jalan ran an auto parts business to conceal his dealings. The police have extended remand of Jalan till June 6.

While the website Bet and Take is shut, the police is examining its server to find out the number of those who accessed it online and through its mobile application or app.

Over the years, Jalan has bought properties worth crores in Mumbai. Recently, he purchased three flats amounting to Rs 10 crore. He presently, lives in a 3500 sq flat in western suburbs of Malad.

Salman Khan’s brother Arbaaz Khan to be arrested by Thane Anti Extortion Cell in Rs 1000 Cr IPL Cricket Betting Racket

Breaking News: Top police sources in the Thane Anti Extortion Cell have confirmed to IndiaScoops.com Special Crime Correspondent that Salman Khan’s brother and ex husband of Malaika Arora, actor Arbaaz Khan will be arrested sooner or later in the Rs 1000 crore IPL betting scam. “We have to arrest him. It is an international crime syndicate controlled by wanted terrorist and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his henchmen from Dubai and Pakistan. Arbaaz Khan is not new to the industry. He is not a kid. As a producer and as the brother of Salman Khan, he has traveled all over the world and knows very well how these things work and operate. He is fully aware that the betting racket on such a large scale is controlled by the underworld. He was not betting for a few thousand. His deals ran into crores. So he is part of the underworld, organised crime syndicate and we will have to arrest him. We are only waiting to record everyone’s statements. After that there may be 2-3 sensational arrests,” our police source told IndiaScoops.com.

Our police source further told IndiaScoops.com, “Arbaaz Khan has confessed to his role in the betting racket. He has confessed that he has been betting for the last 5-6 years and that he knows the main accused Sonu Malad aka Sonu Batla for the last 5-6 years and is on good terms with him. He has even traveled abroad with Sonu Malad who has been arrested in the past for betting-related activities. Yet he continued to maintain friendly relations and continued betting activities with him. In fact, Arbaaz Khan is addicted to betting and has been doing it for almost 10 years, the source claimed.

IndiaScoops.com has learnt that Arbaaz Khan’s lawyers are preparing his anticipatory bail application (ABA) which may be filed in court either tomorrow or day after (Monday) as tomorrow is Sunday. They are trying to get hold of the main FIR in order to file the ABA and may even move either the night court on Saturday night or the holiday court on Sunday morning.

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As reported earlier, Sonu Yogendra Jalan aka Sonu Jalan, an alleged bookie and the kingpin of the IPL betting racket, in his police statement, has mentioned several prominent names who bet huge amounts on certain IPL teams and players, an officer from the anti-extortion cell of the Thane crime branch told TOI on Friday.

A top police source told IndiaScoops.com, that at least six big Bollywood stars, four Bollywood film producers, 10-12 film financers and several restaurant, hotel and pub owners stand exposed as Arbaaz Khan confessed to betting today before the police and admitted that he placed the bets through Sonu Jalan, alias Sonu Batla aka Sonu Malad. 26 Mumbai-based fashion models who were also connected with the betting racket are under the scanner of the police, reports our Special Crime Correspondent.

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Along with these names, the name of the owner of one of India’s largest hoarding companies as well as a prominent God woman known for her flamboyant lifestyle have also surfaced in the betting racket.

He said Jalan’s statement corroborated with handwritten notes in his personal diary, which is now in the possession of the the police. Also, the name of a Pakistani politician has come to the fore, an angle the police are probing.

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“Actor Arbaaz Khan placed bets during one of the past IPL seasons through Jalan, reports TOI. Earlier, Jalan was working with a big bookie who went by the name of Junior Calcutta. Subsequently, there was a huge transaction between Jalan and Khan. Apparently, Khan was blackmailed into paying crores, the threat being that his gambling habit would be exposed before his family and the media. But all this will be probed once Khan gives his side of the story,” a senior officer associated with the probe said.

While a police source said Khan may have paid over Rs 3 crore to Jalan, PI Pradeep Sharma, who is leading the probe into the IPL betting racket, told TOI, “Nothing concrete can be said on this as of now. We need to corroborate it with evidence and statements of those who are linked with the racket.”

“During investigation, it was found that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan,” Pradeep Sharma , senior police inspector with the anti-extortion cell said, reported Hindustan Times.

Despite repeated attempts by TOI to get his version, Khan didn’t return calls or respond to text messages. “Our initial estimate of the turnover of the betting scam run by Jalan is Rs 1,000 crore. His network could involve nearly 3,500 punters and smaller bookies,” Sharma told TOI.

The police said Jalan travelled to Sri Lanka during an international cricket 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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The anti-extortion cell of the Thane crime branch busted the latest IPL betting racket on May 16 by raiding a Dombivli flat and arresting three bookies: Gautam Savla, Nikhil Sampat and Nitin Punjani. Two more arrests (of bookie Khushal Malad and software supplier Vrajesh Joshi) were made till May 28.

On Tuesday, Jalan unwittingly handed himself over to the police when he came to the Kalyan court to meet Savla, Sampat and Punjani, who were to be produced there that day.

During their interrogation, the bookies had revealed that Jalan was the key player in the racket, which was conducted online, said Sharma.

Meanwhile, Thane Police Commissioner, Param Bir Singh said that interrogation in the matter is underway, while adding that the Deputy Commissioner of Police will brief about it once the interrogation concludes.

Abhishek Trimukhe, DCP (Crime) confirmed the developments in the case and said, “Six accused have been arrested in the IPL betting racket. Arbaaz Khan’s name came up in the case during the interrogation of Sonu Jalan. Arbaaz’s statement has been recorded. Some new names have cropped up, action will be taken against them as well.”

Speaking about the matter, IPL Commissioner, Rajeev Shukla told news agency ANI, “The matter is with the police, we have nothing to do with it. Both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have anti-corruption units, police can coordinate with them.”

At least 6 Bollywood stars, 4 Producers and several Hotel & Pub Owners exposed as Arbaaz Khan confesses to betting

Sonu Jalan, an alleged bookie and the kingpin of the IPL betting racket, in his police statement, has mentioned several prominent names who bet huge amounts on certain IPL teams and players, an officer from the anti-extortion cell of the Thane crime branch told TOI on Friday.

A top police source told IndiaScoops.com, that at least six big Bollywood stars, four Bollywood film producers, 10-12 film financers and several restaurant, hotel and pub owners stand exposed as Arbaaz Khan confessed to betting today before the police and admitted that he placed the bets through Sonu Jalan, alias Sonu Batla aka Sonu Malad. 26 Mumbai-based fashion models who were also connected with the betting racket are under the scanner of the police, reports our Special Crime Correspondent.

Along with these names, the name of the owner of one of India’s largest hoarding companies as well as a prominent God woman known for her flamboyant lifestyle have also surfaced in the betting racket.

Sarkar movie producer Parag Sanghvi, CEO of Alumbra Entertainment & Lotus Film Company and former MD of media company K Sera Sera, has also has been called in for questioning.

He said Jalan’s statement corroborated with handwritten notes in his personal diary, which is now in the possession of the the police. Also, the name of a Pakistani politician has come to the fore, an angle the police are probing.

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“Actor Arbaaz Khan placed bets during one of the past IPL seasons through Jalan, reports TOI. Earlier, Jalan was working with a big bookie who went by the name of Junior Calcutta. Subsequently, there was a huge transaction between Jalan and Khan. Apparently, Khan was blackmailed into paying crores, the threat being that his gambling habit would be exposed before his family and the media. But all this will be probed once Khan gives his side of the story,” a senior officer associated with the probe said.

While a police source said Khan may have paid over Rs 3 crore to Jalan, PI Pradeep Sharma, who is leading the probe into the IPL betting racket, told TOI, “Nothing concrete can be said on this as of now. We need to corroborate it with evidence and statements of those who are linked with the racket.”

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“During investigation, it was found that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan,” Pradeep Sharma , senior police inspector with the anti-extortion cell said, reported Hindustan Times.

Despite repeated attempts by TOI to get his version, Khan didn’t return calls or respond to text messages. “Our initial estimate of the turnover of the betting scam run by Jalan is Rs 1,000 crore. His network could involve nearly 3,500 punters and smaller bookies,” Sharma told TOI.

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The police said Jalan travelled to Sri Lanka during an international cricket tournament in 2016 and a probe is on to find out if there was any betting-linked match-fixing at the time.

The anti-extortion cell of the Thane crime branch busted the latest IPL betting racket on May 16 by raiding a Dombivli flat and arresting three bookies: Gautam Savla, Nikhil Sampat and Nitin Punjani. Two more arrests (of bookie Khushal Malad and software supplier Vrajesh Joshi) were made till May 28.

On Tuesday, Jalan unwittingly handed himself over to the police when he came to the Kalyan court to meet Savla, Sampat and Punjani, who were to be produced there that day.

During their interrogation, the bookies had revealed that Jalan was the key player in the racket, which was conducted online, said Sharma.

Meanwhile, Thane Police Commissioner, Param Bir Singh said that interrogation in the matter is underway, while adding that the Deputy Commissioner of Police will brief about it once the interrogation concludes.

Abhishek Trimukhe, DCP (Crime) confirmed the developments in the case and said, “Six accused have been arrested in the IPL betting racket. Arbaaz Khan’s name came up in the case during the interrogation of Sonu Jalan. Arbaaz’s statement has been recorded. Some new names have cropped up, action will be taken against them as well.”

Speaking about the matter, IPL Commissioner, Rajeev Shukla told news agency ANI, “The matter is with the police, we have nothing to do with it. Both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have anti-corruption units, police can coordinate with them.”

Arbaaz Khan lost nearly Rs 3 crore in IPL cricket betting, summoned by Thane police in betting racket

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.