Mumbai: Indian police summoned a brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan Friday for questioning over illegal gambling on Indian Premier League cricket matches.
He has been asked to record his statement by the Thane police. The Thane police had last month claimed to have busted the racket.
Media reports said Arbaaz´s name surfaced in an investigation into high-profile bookie Sonu Jalan, who is said to run an global gambling operation stretching from India to the Middle East.
The actor has been asked to appear at the AEC office here tomorrow. The police said Jalan travelled to Sri Lanka during an worldwide tournament in 2016 and a probe is on to find out if there was any betting-linked match-fixing at the time. "Jalan was also in contact with a Bollywood biggie, whose identity is yet to be established", an officer was quoted as saying by Mid-Day on the eve of the day the arrest was made.
"Jalan had placed bets on behalf of the actor on an online betting system". "During investigation, it was found that Khan was being threatened by Jalan as he had lost money on one of the matches", said Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector in Thane Police's anti-extortion cell. "The bookie had set up betting centres all over the country -- in Delhi, Calcutta, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and other places -- and overseas and ran his operations from Dombivali in Mumbai", an officer said.
The IPL is no stranger to controversy.
The IPL has been dogged by gambling controversies since it started in 2008, and police say they have smashed a number of betting syndicates across India during this year´s season, which ended Saturday.