Mumbai: Investigations have been started into the alleged Bollywood-bookies nexus after it was revealed that a small-time film producer was working as a second-in-command to top bookie Sunil Dubai, police said on Thursday.

On Thursday, police had arrested six bookies, including two top bookies Sonu Malad alias Batiya and Deven Kothari alias Bhaiji on the charge of betting on cricket matches.

Interrogation of Sonu revealed that he used to receive orders from one Prakash Chandnani, who was a co-producer of a Bollywood movie and worked directly under bookie Sunil Abhuchandani alias Dubai who operated from Dubai, police said.

"Sonu and another bookie Ashish would directly call up Chandnani to receive orders about betting. Sonu also revealed during interrogation that Chandnani was co-producer of a Bollywood movie Galli Galli Chor Hai which highlighted the issue of corruption in the backdrop of Anna Hazare's movement", police said.

The police will soon issue a lookout notice against Chandnani who is presently out of India, police said.

The police are also investigating whether betting money was used in producing the film. "Since it is alleged that Chandnani was part of the betting syndicate and also a film producer, we would investigate whether betting money was pumped into the Bollywood films," said a police officer.



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