"Woke up to an FIR registered in Raj and my name!"
Shilpa Shetty has reacted to the accusations that she and her husband Raj Kundra conned a Mumbai-based businessman out of Rs. 1.51 Crore (£151,000).
The accusations were made by a businessman named Nitin Barai.
He alleged that in July 2014, Shilpa, Raj and Kashiff Khan asked him to invest Rs. 1.51 Crore into SFL Fitness.
The trio claimed that he would earn a profit if he did so.
Mr Barai also alleged that SFL Fitness promised him a franchise and open a gym in Pune. However, it did not come to fruition.
When he wanted his money back, he was allegedly threatened.
Mr Barai has subsequently filed an FIR at Bandra Police Station.
Shilpa Shetty has now responded, stating that she and her husband had no involvement in the matter and that she was “shocked” that an attempt was being made to defame her.
In a lengthy Twitter post, she said:
“Woke up to an FIR registered in Raj and my name! Shocked!!
“To set the record straight, SFL Fitness, a venture run by Kashiff Khan.
“He had taken naming rights of brand SFL to open SFL Fitness Gyms around the country. All deals were struck by him and he was a signatory in banking and day-to-day affairs.
“We are not aware of any of his transactions not have we received a single rupee from him for the same.”
“All franchisee’s dealt directly with Kashiff. The company closed in 2014 and was entirely handled by Kashiff Khan.”
She went on to talk about her reputation being damaged with false allegations.
Shilpa continued: “I have worked very hard over the last 28 years and it pains me to see that my name and reputation is getting damaged and dragged so loosely to get eyeballs.
“My rights as a law-abiding proud citizen in India should be protected.
“With gratitude, Shilpa Shetty Kundra.”
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) November 14, 2021
Based on the complaint, the Bandra police registered the FIR under various Indian Penal Code Sections, including 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).
The investigation into the case is underway.
This is not the first time that the family have been embroiled in controversy.
In July 2021, Raj Kundra was arrested for allegedly producing and distributing pornography. The case saw the likes of Sherlyn Chopra and Poonam Pandey level allegations against him.
He was released on bail in September 2021.