Mumbai: Renowned comedian Kapil Sharma has been summoned by the Crime Branch department of the Mumbai Police for his statement in connection with car designer Dilip Chhabria’s alleged cheating and forgery case. As per Mumbai Police, Sharma has filed a complaint against Chhabria for allegedly cheating on him. The comedian has now been called to record his statement as a witness. ALSO READ | BMC Files Police Complaint Against Actor Sonu Sood
As per latest inputs, Kapil Sharma has reached the Mumbai Crime Branch office and recorded his statement. Reportedly, the comedian has paid money to car designer Chhabria for his vanity van.
Sharma had given money to Chhabria to build his vanity van. However, as the car designer did not get the work done, Sharma took legal action against him.
What is Chhabria’s fake racket case:
The celebrity car-designer Chhabria was arrested by the Mumbai Police on December 29, 2020 allegedly in a car finance and fake registration racket case involving his self-designed ultra high end luxury vehicles.
The high-profile arrest by Mumbai Police Crime Branch came after a tip-off that a two-seater sports car ‘DC-Avanti’, designed by Chhabria, and allegedly bearing a fake registration number, was expected to reach the Hotel Trident at Nariman Point on December 17.
These hypothecated cars were sold to other customers before or after availing the finance through the fraudulent means, and the exact quantum of loss to the government by way of unpaid taxes, customs duties, GST, etc. is being ascertained.
Chhabria shot into limelight in the 1990s after he produced some eye-catching fancy masterpieces of private cars of various celebs and even vanity vans of Bollywood personalities besides some concept cars, luxury passenger buses, and even aircraft interiors to soon become a legend in the country’s niche automobile-designing industry.
Mumbai Police Crime Branch Probe
However, since the vehicle didn’t turn up there that evening, a Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), led by Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Waze laid a trap near the Hotel Taj Mahal in Colaba the following night, when it turned up and was intercepted.
Deeper probe revealed that Chhabria’s company, Dilip Chhabria Designs Pvt. Ltd. (DCDPL) had produced 120 DC-Avantis – touted as India’s first sports car – and sold to customers in India and abroad, and many of these vehicles maybe involved in the racket.