No money spent on PM Modi’s Yoga video, clarifies Sports and I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Monday claimed that no money was spent for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fitness video for the viral ‘Fitness Challenge’ on Twitter.

On the micro-blogging site, Rathore took a jibe at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor after he shared an article alleging Rs 35 lakh was spent to shoot the video.

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“Not surprised Mr @ShashiTharoor, falsehoods is your substitute 4 facts. No money was spent for PM’s fitness video. It was recorded by PMO videographer. This article is based on ‘solid proof’ of hearsay. And I assure you sir, not a single ‘lamb’ was sacrificed for the video, let alone 35,” Rathore wrote.

Earlier in the day, Tharoor tweeted a report claiming that the Centre spent Rs 20 crore on advertisements on International Yoga Day.

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“20 crore rupees in ads for #YogaDay, 35 lambs for @PMOIndia’s fitness video! Disgraceful. This government is all about smoke and mirrors. Hype is their substitute for hope — the hopes they have destroyed,” Tharoor tweeted.

The ‘Fitness Challenge’ was started by Rathore on Twitter as part of the ‘Hum Fit Toh India Fit’ campaign on May 22.

While taking up star cricketer Virat Kohli’s ‘Fitness Challenge’, the Prime Minister on June 13 shared a video of him performing yoga on Twitter.

Source: ANI

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.”

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 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

Our police source further told, “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. 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, 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.”