Arbaaz lost Rs 2.75 crore in IPL betting

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

Actor and film producer Arbaaz Khan has told the police he lost more than Rs 2.75 crore in betting on IPL matches, sources said on Saturday.

Khan was summoned by the anti-extortion cell of the Thane police in the morning for questioning over his links with bookie Sonu Jalan, who was arrested last month. Police sources said Khan was “confronted” with Jalan where the two were questioned about entries found in the bookie’s diaries.

During the four-hour questioning, Khan told the investigators he lost more than Rs 2.75 crore in betting on various IPL matches in 2017, sources said. The actor-producer also confessed to have become addicted to betting, adding that he had been doing this for over five years.

Khan, however, claimed he did not bet on this year’s version of the IPL.
Earlier, the Thane police released photographs of Jalan with Khan to establish their links. While leaving the premises of the Thane police, Khan said he was co-operating with the police and would present himself if required.

Apart from Khan, the names of some builders and contractors had been found in Jalan’s diaries, said DCP (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhe. He added that a call line-holding machine had been recovered from Jalan which had several telephone numbers and efforts were on to trace their owners.

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