The Delhi Police has filed a supplementary charge sheet before a city court, against cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and several others, for alleged criminal breach of trust and cheating flat buyers. Over 50 flat buyers have filed a complaint alleging that they booked flats in a real estate project in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram in 2011 but it did not take off. Besides Gambhir and the firm, the charge sheet also includes the name its other promoters – Mukesh Khurana, Gautam Mehra and Babita Khurana – as accused.
Gambhir, a BJP MP, was a director and brand ambassador of the joint project of Rudra Buildwell Realty Pvt Ltd and HR Infracity Pvt Ltd, against which a case was lodged in 2016, for allegedly duping people of crores of rupees on the pretext of booking apartments in the housing project. In its charge sheet, the police alleged that “The developers executed the builder-buyer agreement with the victims in June-July, 2014, even after the expiry of the sanctioned building plan on June 6, 2013. The developers have been demanding and collecting money from the victims unauthorisedly, even after June 23, 2013. Investors have been deliberately kept in the dark, about the litigations involving the proposed site of land. Authorities cancelled the sanction/ approval, etc., for the project on April 15, 2015, due to default of payments of requisite licence fees, etc. and non-compliance of other formalities.”
The report was filed under various sections, including 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 34 (criminal act is done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention), of the IPC.
Court issues warrant against cricketer Gautam Gambhir, in a case of alleged cheating of flat buyers
A Delhi court has issued bailable warrants against cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who was the brand ambassador for a housing project at Indirapuram that failed to take off, for not appearing before the court in spite of repeated summons
December 20, 2018: A Delhi court, on December 19, 2018, issued bailable warrants against retired cricketer Gautam Gambhir, for not appearing before it despite repeated summons, in a case related to the alleged cheating of flat buyers in a real estate project. In a complaint, 17 flat buyers alleged that they had paid around Rs 1.98 crores, for booking flats in an upcoming project at Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram area in 2011 but the housing project did not take off.
Gambhir was a director and brand ambassador in a joint project of Rudra Buildwell Realty Pvt Ltd and HR Infracity Pvt Ltd, against which a case was lodged in 2016, for allegedly duping people of Rs 1.98 crores, on the pretext of booking apartments in the housing project. “Considering the fact that accused Gautam Gambhir has not been appearing in this case repeatedly and he has not appeared even despite dismissal of his exemption application on the last date of the hearing, therefore, issue bailable warrant for Rs 10,000 against the accused with one surety in the like amount for next date of hearing,” chief metropolitan magistrate Manish Khurana said.
The court has put up the matter for further hearing on January 24, 2019. The complainants had alleged that ‘the project was extensively promoted and advertised and Gambhir, as the brand ambassador, helped in attracting and inviting buyers to invest in the project’.