Updated: November 15, 2021 8:27:24 am
The Bandra police on Saturday registered a case of cheating, criminal intimidation and conspiracy against actor Shilpa Shetty, her husband Raj Kundra, and Kashiff Khan, director of SFL Fitness Pvt Ltd, for allegedly duping a 25-year-old man from Pune to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore.
According to police officials, the complainant, identified as Yash Nitin Barai, told police that the persons named in the FIR asked him to invest in their company by promising heavy returns. “They told him to take up a franchisee of the fitness company that they wished to open in Pune, on the pretext of which they took money from the complainant’s father,” said an officer.
The alleged incident took place between July 2014 and May 2015.
The complainant told police that as a mark of procedure, representatives of the company had visited their site at Indraprasth, Hadpasar in Pune, where they were to start the franchisee of the company. Subsequently the complainant and his father personally met them and paid the amount.
“But later, despite paying Rs 1.5 crore, Khan and other directors of the company did not initiate any process of starting a business in Pune, due to which he sensed something amiss,” said an officer.
The complainant and his father then inquired with Khan when he promised to start the franchisee on their plot and subsequently, as he failed to do so, he claimed that he would return the money.
“Barai had submitted a complaint application at Bandra police station in 2015, and as they promised they would return the money, they took their complaint back,” said an officer.
However, later, Khan allegedly started threatening the complainant and his father when they asked for their money back, due to which they submitted a complaint application again at Bandra police station.
“On the basis of the complaint, we have registered a case. We are currently verifying the allegation after which we will start taking action against the culprits,” said an officer.
Later in the day Shilpa Shetty tweeted, “Woke up to an FIR registered in Raj and my name! Shocked!! To set the record straight. SFL fitness. A venture run by Kashiff Khan. He had taken naming rights of brand SFL to open SFL fitness gyms around the country. All deals were struck by him and he was signatory in banking and day to day affairs. We are not aware of any of his transactions nor have we received a single rupee from him for the same. All franchisees dealt directly with Kashif. The company closed in 2014 and was entirely handled by Kashiff Khan. I have worked very hard over the last 28 years. And it pains me to see that my name and reputation is getting damaged and dragged so loosely. To get eyeballs. My rights as a law-abiding proud citizen in India should be protected.”
Repeated calls and messages to Khan for his comments went unanswered.
Khan’s name had cropped up in the Cordelia drug raid case, in which the NCB arrested 20 persons on October 2. NCP leader Nawab Malik had alleged that it was Khan who was one of the organisers of the party on board the Cordelia cruise ship. Malik had further alleged that Khan had extended an invitation to Maha Vikas Aghadi minister Aslam Shaikh to attend the cruise party.
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