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Actor Arbaaz Khan Summoned in IPL Betting Case After Being Named by Bookie Linked to Dawood

Arbaaz has been asked to record his statement by Thane Police after the kingpin of a betting racket named Sonu Jalan named him during interrogation.

Updated:June 1, 2018, 6:19 PM IST

Mumbai: Actor-turned-director Arbaaz Khan has been summoned by the Thane police in connection with a multi-crore Indian Premier League betting scam.

Arbaaz, who is the younger brother of Salman Khan, has been asked to record his statement after the kingpin of a betting racket named Sonu Jalan named him during interrogation. Arbaaz's father, Salim Khan, spoke to reporters and said that the actor is currently not in town. Salim said that he doesn't know who Sonu Jalan is.

According to the police, Jalan placed bets on behalf of the actor on an online betting system that he had evolved to evade cops this season. Betting centres, said police, were set up all over the country as well as abroad and Jalan ran his operation from Dombivali in Mumbai.

The 42-year-old bookie is said to be close to the Dawood Ibrahim gang that runs a cricket betting mafia from Pakistan and UAE.

Police inspector Pradeep Sharma, who is involved in the investigation, says the annual turnover of the racket could be over Rs 100 crore. Jalan was arrested by the Thane police in Kalyan, where he had come to meet another accused in the IPL betting case.

Jalan has numerous cases registered against him and his name had even cropped up during the IPL scam busted by Mumbai Police in 2012.

He had men working for him in countries like Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa and various countries in Europe as well, police said. In India, betting centres were being run from Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur and Chandigarh.

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