The recently concluded 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League was rocked with news of IPL betting scandal coming in from Mumbai. The most famous and popular domestic T20 league in the world saw another fantastic season cumulate with the Chennai Superkings winning their third trophy. However, the recent news of betting which involves the names of several international and local gangsters as well as celebrities has put the cricket tournament under the scanner once again. Hit with match-fixing revelations a few years back which saw the Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Superkings get banned with the likes of Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty among others getting banned for fixing their team matches and placing bets on them, the IPL has once again come under the spot-light after the Mumbai crime branch uncovered a huge betting network.
Notoriously famous for its match-fixing and the huge bets placed on every match, the IPL seems unable to nudge these shadows off its back. And they are back to haunt it. In the IPL betting scandal, on May 15, the Anti Extortion Cell busted a betting racket with the arrest of four people in Mumbai. This list included Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad +, who is believed to be one of the top bookies of the country. The arrests lead to the revelations of bigger names and insane amounts of money. One of the biggest names to have come out after interrogating Jalan has been that of Bollywood actor Arbaz Khan who after being called in for question admitted to betting in IPL matches for the past 6 years. He went onto add that he had lost 2.81 crores in that period and was getting death threats from Jalan for non payment of his losses.
“We have recorded Arbaaz Khan’s statement today and he cooperated with us. We will call him again if needed,” said Pradeep Sharma, investigating officer in the case.
Speaking to reporters after recording his statement with the Thane Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC), Arbaz said “My statement has been recorded. Police asked whatever they needed in this investigation and I answered them.” The Bollywood star further said that he will continue to cooperate with the police.
With investigations set to continue and more people to be questioned in the coming days, the IPL betting scandal is only going to get murkier and reveal more big personalities who are involved in this. IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla meanwhile has distanced the tournament from the racket, saying the IPL has no involvement and knowledge of the same.