Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan admits involvement in IPL betting

Web Desk: Bollywood actor, producer and director Arbaaz Khan, who is also the brother of Salman Khan, confessed to his involvement in betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Thane Police’s anti-extortion cell had called Arbaaz for interrogation and he admitted to placing bets on Indian Premier League (IPL) last year and losing a considerable amount of money. The city police on Friday issued summons to the 50-year-old actor-producer for recording his statement in connection with the betting racket.

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 last week.

Media reports said Arbaaz´s name surfaced in an investigation into high-profile bookie Sonu Jalan, who is said to run an international gambling operation stretching from India to the Middle East.

Arbaaz is an actor and younger brother of Bollywood megastar Salman Khan, known for his money-spinning movies, but who also faces his own legal troubles.

Found guilty of killing rare antelopes while on a safari in Rajasthan state, Salman is currently appealing a five-year jail term.

Gambling is illegal in India but the lucrative IPL has tempted speculators both on and off the pitch.

A 2013 spot-fixing scandal led to the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals being suspended for two seasons and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, a Rajasthan Royals bowler, receiving a life ban along with teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila.

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