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Home / India News / From Arbaaz Khan’s involvement to bookie Sonu Jalan’s links: The IPL betting case so far

From Arbaaz Khan’s involvement to bookie Sonu Jalan’s links: The IPL betting case so far

On Saturday, Bollywood actor and filmmaker Arbaaz Khan told police that he has been betting on cricket matches for the past several years. Here’s a look at how the IPL betting case has unfolded

india Updated: Jun 03, 2018 11:43 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Actor Arbaaz Khan talks to press outside Thane Anti Extortion Cell in Thane on June 2.
Actor Arbaaz Khan talks to press outside Thane Anti Extortion Cell in Thane on June 2.(IANS Photo)

After the arrest of three bookies from Dombivli by the Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC) on May 18, more skeletons have tumbled out of the closet and the names of many big bookies and celebrities name have come up in the IPL betting case.

After the case was originally registered with the Dombivli police station, a few days later, three more bookies were arrested, including India’s top bookie Sonu Jalan, which led to actor-producer Arbaaz Khan’s involvement. After Khan was questioned, two more Bollywood producers have been named.

Here is how the case has proceeded so far:

Operational since 2016, the racket which was unearthed recently links to various cricket bookies
May 18: Gautam Savla, 43, Nikhil Sampat, 53, and Nitish Punjani, 28 – who placed bets on Indian Premier League (IPL) matches are arrested from Dombivli
May 25: Khushal Khimji, 41, alias Rambhiya arrested for providing technical assistance to bookies
May 28: Vrajesh Joshi, 27, arrested from Mumbai. He had created the software to run the racket
May 29: Sonu Jalan, 42, alias Sonu Batla alias Sonu Malad, India’s top bookie, arrested
June 1: Thane anti-extortion cell issued summons to Arbaaz Khan
Sonu Jalan, 42, a resident of Malad, has been running a betting racket for more than a decade in India and abroad
During investigation, the police found he had direct links with gangster Dawood Ibrahim and his aide
Jalan, an SSC failed student, used to sell automobile spare parts. While doing so, he started betting almost 16 years ago. Some former police officers he knew helped him with few other bookies’ numbers. Jalan used to bet in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Dubai, Sri Lanka, etc
Some ex-policemen gave him contacts of big bookies and Bollywood celebrities which is how he knew Arbaaz Khan
"Khan and Jalan started betting on IPL matches. Khan’s losses and wins were maintained on a blackboard at Jalan’s home. When Khan came to know that Jalan was bragging by taking his name, he demanded the deal be finished off between them. It was then that Jalan told Khan that he had to pay Rs2.83 crore," he added. It was also found that Rs70 lakh was sent to Dubai-based bookie through hawala channels, which is under probe.
According to the police, the name of Khan, the brother of superstar Salman Khan, cropped up during Jalan’s interrogation
"Khan admitted to betting in cricket matches for several years", said deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Thane crime, Abhishek Trimukhe.
Last year, Khan placed a bet and lost Rs2.83 crore, said Sharma. "When Jalan asked for the money, Khan said he can’t pay him. Jalan also threatened him after that," he said.
Pradeep Sharma (in pic), senior inspector from Thane antiextortion cell, said they have found photos and chats that show Jalan and Khan were in touch
In May 2013, three Rajasthan Royals players - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - were arrested on charges of spot-fixing
Delhi police have claimed that Sreesanth and Chavan have confessed to the charges
STATUS: The cricketers have been banned by the BCCI
VINDU DARA SINGH The arrest of bookie Vinod Mulchandani led police to actor Vindu Dara Singh, who was arrested for alleged links to bookies in spot-fixing
STATUS: He was later released on bail by a Mumbai court
GURUNATH MEIYAPPAN Call records of Vindu Dara Singh in connection with the spot-fixing scandal showed the was in frequent contact with CSK team principal and BCCI president N Sreenivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan
Meiyappan was arrested on charges of betting, conspiracy and cheating
STATUS: He was released on bail by a Mumbai court
THE PROBE PANEL In October 2013, the Supreme Court appointed a three-member committee headed byJustice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal to probe allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the IPL
STATUS: The committee submitted its report to the Supreme Court in February 2014. The details of the report have not been made public
WHAT THE INDIAN LAW SAYS The Public Gambling Act, 1867, is a central law that restricts common gambling, except lotteries
In Entry 34 of List II, under the 7th Schedule to the Constitution, "gambling" includes any activity whose determination is influenced by chance or accident
The IT Act, 2000, also regulates online gambling
United States of America: The US Supreme Court in 2018 paved the way for states to legalize sports gambling, striking down a 1992 federal law that barred it in most places, according to Reuters
Brazil: Betting is not legal since 1946
Argentina: Betting allowed, but only for horse racing. Argentina banned betting on soccer in 2018
United Kingdom: Gambling is legal since 1961. The updated act in UK include regulations for internet gambling sector
South Africa: Offering gambling services is legalised since 1994. Online betting is also allowed.
Australia: The Interactive Gambling Act legalised online betting in 2001

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