The Maharashtra police lodged a criminal case against Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra in a Thane police station for allegedly duping a textile firm owner of Rs 24 lakhs. The case revolves around duping a textile firm owner of Bhiwandi MIDC Bhalotia Exports Company, Ravi Bhalotia of Rs. 24 lakh. The FIR was filed after the owner alleged that the couple collected the amount on his behalf but did not pay him, a police said.


     
"FIR has been registered in Bhiwandi police station against Shetty and Kundra under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), and 420 (cheating) of IPC," Deputy Commissioner of Police Manoj Patil told PTI. Raj Kundra, who continues to be on the board of directors with a 63 percent stake in the company along with Shilpa Shetty Kundra, had sent his resignation via email on December 15 last year.


    
The case was filed on a complaint of a textile unit owner in hiwandi who alleged that the couple collected the amount on his behalf but did not pay him, another police official said. Around the same time, the employees were intimated about the company’s decision to impose a 50 percent pay cut for November and December. Soon after the announcement, around 40 staffers of the 80-member team put in their papers. The shopping portal, which had discontinued advertisements and promotions soon after the suspension in December, has not kicked off services again.

 

"Big Deals, a company in which Shetty and Kundra are directors, collected money from customers for sale of bedsheets on behalf of Malotia Textiles through TV ads, but did not (allegedly) pay Malotia Textiles the proceeds," the official said.

 

(Inputs from PTI)