Car designer Dilip Chhabria detained for fooling comedian Kapil Sharma
Bombay: Days after comedian Kapil Sharma met Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh over his cheating complaint against car designer Dilip Chhabria, Mumbai police arrested Chhabria on Monday for allegedly duping Sharma to the tune of Rs 5.7 crore.
The money was reportedly accepted as payment for a van that has yet to be delivered to Sharma. Police said they had recently received at least six similar complaints against Chhabria, which they are currently investigating.
The Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU), which is investigating the case, informed the Esplanade court on Monday of the cheating offense registered against Chhabria and asked the court for permission to keep him in custody. Chhabria had been taken into judicial custody after being arrested recently in connection with an alleged car loan scam. Following court clearance, the CIU arrested Chhabria and he will be brought to court on Tuesday.
According to police, Sharma placed an order for a vanity van with DC Designs Pvt Ltd of Chhabria in 2017, paying Rs 5.3 crore. A year later, Sharma again paid Rs 40 lakh in the Goods and Services Tax (GST). However, he did not receive the van. After realizing that something was wrong, Sharma, in 2019, moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against DC Designs. Following an initial investigation, the NCLT seized the company’s account.
According to the police, Chhabria then demanded an additional Rs 60 lakh for the delivery of the van, but Sharma refused to pay. Chhabria then sent him an invoice for more than 1 crore rupee as a parking fee for parts of the vehicle. In September 2020, Sharma approached the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police Force and filed her complaint.
According to Sharma, when he heard about the recent arrest of Chhabria by the Mumbai police in an auto finance case, he decided to meet with the Mumbai CP about his complaint.
During the last week of December, the Mumbai criminal branch arrested Chhabria and claimed that he had allegedly obtained loans on his “DC Avanti” cars from several non-bank financial institutions after registering them in different states. Mumbai Police suspect the fraudulent auto loans total over Rs 40 crore.
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Posted on: Monday January 11, 2021 11:22 PM IST