Stand-up and actor Kapil Sharma has advised the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that automobile designer Dilip Chhabria, accused of dishonest a number of celebrities, tried to shift blame onto him for the non-delivery of a customized automobile that he had ordered and resorted to unlawful methods of extracting cash from him.
The ED has recorded the assertion of Mohammed Hamid, the authorised consultant of Sharma, as a part of its chargesheet filed in opposition to Chhabria in a cash laundering case.
A particular PMLA court docket, presiding over the case, on Wednesday took cognizance of the chargesheet and issued summons to Chhabria and 6 different accused within the case.
They’ve been requested to seem earlier than it on February 26.
The ED case relies on three FIRs registered in opposition to the accused, together with a dishonest case filed by Sharma.
In his assertion earlier than ED, the actor’s consultant stated that Sharma, the only real proprietor of K9 Productions, had approached Chhabria for the acquisition of a customized self-importance van in December 2016.
Subsequently, an settlement was executed between K9 Productions and Dilip Chhabria Design Non-public Restricted (DCDPL) in March 2017 for the supply of a customized self-importance van for Rs 4.5 crore (excluding taxes), he stated.
As per agreed phrases, a fee of Rs 5.31 crore (together with taxes) was made by Sharma’s manufacturing home, the assertion stated.
Hamid submitted that DCDPL neither delivered the promised self-importance van to Sharma nor refunded any cash.
On being requested concerning the delay in work on the self-importance van, Chhabria advised Hamid, who had gone to the automobile designer’s Pune facility to examine the automobile, that each one the supplies for its interiors had been bought and saved in a warehouse. Chhabria talked about his harassed monetary standing and want for funds, the actor’s consultant stated.
Later, Chhabria despatched an extra citation for Rs 54,20,800 to Sharma and sought the funds for the supply of the automobile.
The sudden demand for added cash raised doubt in Sharma’s thoughts. When questioned about his intention to extract cash from the actor, Chhabria took a hostile method, the assertion stated.
The accused began sending mail correspondences to Sharma, falsely blaming him for the non-timely inspection of the self-importance van and citing the identical as the explanation for the non-delivery of the automobile, it stated.
Sensing his intention to cheat, Sharma took authorized steps and despatched discover of restoration to the automobile designer’s agency on April 18, 2019, the actor’s consultant stated within the assertion.
Nonetheless, Chhabria resorted to a number of unlawful methods, together with arbitrary parking fees for the non-delivered self-importance van and in search of a mortgage for a sister concern (Mis DC Motor Works Pvt Ltd) to make funds to distributors, for extracting cash from Sharma, it stated.
Sharma then filed a police grievance in opposition to Chhabria and his associates, the assertion stated.
ED stated the accused individuals and firm have knowingly indulged in illegitimate means for private features and have induced loss to all of the complainants “to the tune of Rs 18 13 crore”, which it termed the proceeds of crime.
Citing cash trails, ED stated the quantity was immediately or not directly credited to the financial institution accounts of the accused firm. It’s proved by cash trails that the generated proceeds of crime had been laundered by way of unlawful means by prime accused Chhabria, ED added.
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