Salman Khan's brother Arbaaz Khan has admitted that he was involved with cricket betting and has also admitted to have dealt with arrested IPL betting kingpin Sonu Jalan. The police have registered a case against Arbaaz. The 50-year-old actor told the police that he had been invited by Jalan to Delhi. Khan added the pictures of him with Jalan were clicked during his meeting with him.
Arbaaz has confessed to the police team that soon after he was being blackmailed. The actor revealed that he was being blackmailed by Jalan using the recordings of his calls to him. Khan said that Jalan also used the recordings of phone calls and photos to force him to attend events for him. The police said that the Arbaaz placed bets over the phone. Khan, however, denied that he took money from the bets that he placed through Jalan. Incidentally, Khan and Jalan got into a spat last year after the latter asked him to pay Rs 2.75 crore for bets he had lost on cricket matches.
According to the statement, Khan told Jalan that he had never shown any balance sheets or accounts regarding the bets. Khan's enquiry about the Rs 2.75 crore led to an argument between the two parties. The actor, however, admitted that he had won another bet last year and it was because of this their dispute was settled. The police will examine Jalan's bank accounts and email accounts. According to the police, Jalan ran an auto parts business to conceal his dealings. The police have extended remand of Jalan till June 6. It is known that Jalan has been blackmailing several other people, including senior police officers. "Arbaaz Khan's name came up in the case during the interrogation of Sonu Jalan. His statement has been recorded and some new names have cropped up. Action will be taken against them," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhe.
The actor’s ex-wife, Malaika Arora ran to be by Arbaaz’ side the minute she got a whiff of the controversy. The actor was questioned for nearly 5-hours last evening. Along with confessing to his crime, Arbaaz also revealed some shocking inside details on the case. Along with himself, there are nothing seven Bollywood stars who were involved in betting, revealed Arbaaz. The actor however didn’t give out any names. He also said that Sonu had brought two bar girls on board, namely Komal and Gayatri, to lay honey traps for potential betters.
Arbaaz also revealed that Sonu would often record conversations, which he was unaware about. This later came to bite him in the form of blackmail from the bookie.
Watch this space for more updates on the case.