FIR ordered against tennis queen Maria Sharapova in Delhi

Team SoOLEGAL 2 Nov 2017 1:20pm

FIR ordered against tennis queen Maria Sharapova in Delhi

A Delhi court has ordered registration of an FIR in the case of fraud against a builder company, its office bearers and international tennis star Maria Sharapova, on the complaint of a home buyer.

A housing luxury project – advertised in the name of tennis star Sharapova and promised to be completed in 2016 by a Gurgoan-based developer – never took off, prompting one of the buyers to move court.  The tennis player has been made a party to the complaint and a court has now ordered an FIR against her and the developer.

Gurgaon-based Bhawana Agarwal (44), through her lawyer Piyush Singh, filed a complaint in a Delhi court against Homestead Infrastructure Development Pvt. Ltd, the company directors and Sharapova.

The order passed by Chief Metropolitan Magistarte Rajesh Malik records Agarwal's statement, saying she was "lured" by the developer who had advertised the residential project as "Ballet by Sharapova". Apart from the name, the complainant says it was the proposal of a tennis academy in the project and commercial space for clothing and sportswear that caught her eye. The court said, "If the averments of the complainant are to be believed, it shows that nothing has happened on the said project and alleged persons have no licence or sanction for construction or development at the project, for which the complainant paid Rs 53.03 lakh."

"Sharapova not only aggressively promoted the fraudulent activities of the accused, but also supported the project in the eyes of the general public and is, therefore, a part of this criminal conspiracy," the complainant said.

"If the alleged persons have no licence or sanction to raise the residential flats in the name of 'Ace by Sharapova', Sector 73, Gurgaon, and accepted Rs 53 lakh to book a flat of unit area of 2,500 sqft, then they have undoubtedly committed criminal offence," the court said, directing the SHO concerned to register an FIR under relevant sections and to investigate "all angles". [Inputs TOI]

Tagged: Delhi court   FIR   Maria Sharapova   Homestead Infrastructure Development   Real Estate Developer   Gurgaon  
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