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Arbaaz Khan on IPL betting scandal: I will continue to cooperate with the police


The actor-producer was summoned after the anti-extortion cell of the Thane crime branch arrested a bookie named Sonu Jalan, who named Khan as one of those who allegedly placed illegal bets on cricket matches.

 

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Mayur Lookhar

Actor-producer Arbaaz Khan was today interrogated for five hours by the Thane police where he is said to have confessed to betting in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) and other cricket matches, as reported by various news channels.

Khan was summoned today after the anti-extortion cell of the Thane crime branch arrested a bookie named Sonu Jalan, who named Khan as one of those who allegedly placed illegal bets on cricket matches.

After coming out from the interrogation, Khan merely told reporters present, “My statement has been recorded. Whatever the police wanted to know in this ongoing investigation, they asked me about it. I will continue to cooperate with them.”

The probing officer then told reporters, “There are six arrests made so far. Arbaaz Khan’s name has come. There are others names, too, that have come up. We will be investigating those too. The electronic equipment found [from the police raid] have been sent for forensic analysis. We we will speak to the media after further investigation.”

As per a report on CNN News18, Khan has been betting on matches involving Australia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, and the IPL matches. Khan is said to have lost around Rs2.75 crore in illegal bets. According to NDTV.com, Khan was brought face-to-face with Jalan. Khan allegedly lost the money, but struggled to pay back and that’s when Jalan, as reported by CNN News 18, allegdly started to threaten Khan.

Meanwhile, Rajeev Shukla, the chairman of Indian Premier League told CNN News18, “This has nothing to do with us. It is the matter of the Thane and Mumbai police.  We have the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) anti-corruption unit, and there is also the ICC anti-corruption [unit]. If the police approach us, we are ready to cooperate with them.”

We called Khan's manager to get a reaction, but he claimed to have no knowledge about the matter. He said he had not spoken to Khan since the news broke out.