Actor Arbaaz Khan, during his questioning by the Anti Extortion Cell of the Thane Police Crime Branch, confessed that he had been an active better on cricket matches for several years, sources said on Saturday.
The actor was quizzed for around five hours in connection with the Indian Premier League betting racket busted last month. The Thane AEC has so far arrested seven persons in connection with the racket, including known bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad. Mr. Khan’s name came up during Mr. Jalan’s interrogation.
The police also found a picture of Mr. Khan along with Mr. Jalan and many other bookies on Mr. Jalan's cell phone. “Mr. Khan admitted that he had been regularly placing bets on cricket matches for five to six years. Investigations also indicate that he lost around ₹2.80 crore on a bet that he placed in the recent IPL tournament,” an officer said.
Arbaaz Khan quizzed
Actor Arbaaz Khan, who confessed that he had been an active better on cricket matches for several years, reached the AEC office in Thane around 11.10 a.m. on Saturday. Officers started making inquiries about his association with bookie Sonu Jalan. He was also questioned regarding some other names in a diary recovered from Mr. Jalan, which has a long list of names, including celebrities, sources said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhe, Thane police, said necessary inquiries had been made with Mr. Khan, after which he was allowed to leave.
Asked if Mr. Khan would be made an accused or a witness in the case, Mr. Trimukhe said the investigation was still on.