A Delhi court on Wednesday sought a report from the city police regarding a complaint filed by a Delhi-based businessman against actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra alleging fraud of lakhs of rupees, Times Of India reported.
The complainant, Vishal Goel, moved the court seeking registration of an FIR against the couple after the station house officer at the North Rohini Police Station, Delhi, did not take any action on his complaint.
The Delhi-based businessman has accused Kundra and Shetty of criminal conspiracy to cheat and defraud him by persuading him to invest over Rs 40 lakh in a Mumbai-based company in 2018. His investment did not yield any returns and eventually the company’s share price fell, Goel said.
“These accused persons deliberately induced the complainant to invest Rs 41,33,782 with a view to misappropriate such money and use the same for their personal gain and carry out illegal activities,” his complaint stated.
Goel further said that Kundra and others had convinced him to invest in their company claiming it was involved in gaming, animation, beauty products, etc. However, he recently became aware that the company was producing and circulating adult movies through mobile applications, the businessman added.
Claiming that the accused misled him and misrepresented that the investment was for a legitimate business, Goel said that it was only later that he came to know that they used a chain of agencies to launder the money.
He is seeking the registration of an FIR under multiple Indian Penal Code sections, including cheating and criminal breach of trust, the IT Act, the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and the SEBI Act.
Besides Kundra, Shetty and their Viaan Industries, Goel has also accused six others, including Darshit Shah, MK Wadhwa, Nandan Mishra, Satyendra Sarupria and Umesh Goenka.
The next date of hearing on the case has been set for November 9.
Kundra is currently in jail after being arrested in July 19 as the “key conspirator” in a case involving pornography. He has been accused of making pornographic videos under the pretext of producing short films for OTT platforms and distributing these videos on mobile apps.