Producer/actor Arbaaz Khan has officially admitted the fact of betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches and even losing a huge amount, confirms a police source. The 50-year-old has not only admitted in betting the IPL matches for more than five years but also losing a lump sum amount in his course of time and this was one of the major reason that affected his marriage with Malaika, and their separation.
His confession came before a team of Thane Anti Extortion Cell which is probing the IPL betting scam since the past five-six years involving several billions of rupees, the sources said. "Arbaaz who was summoned before the AEC, was confronted with a prominent bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla, who was arrested and remanded five days ago, besides four other bookies nabbed late last month."
An investigating officer told the media this afternoon that so far six accused have been arrested in the case while laptops and CDs recovered from them have been sent for forensic analysis. While Arbaaz has said he knew Jalan since over five-six years, the diaries and other papers found from the bookie (Jalan) have revealed more names of prominent personalities involved in the betting scam.
Going through official interrogations, Arbaaz said, "I had replied to all the police queries and I was fully cooperating in the ongoing investigations." On his part, the AEC Chief Sharma briefly said the police will take any further decision in the matter only after the full probe is complete, and Arbaaz may be called again if required.