The court presided by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Malik observed that Sharapova not only promoted the fraudulent activities of the company but also supported the project in the eyes of the people.
Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova has landed herself in a controversy after one of the buyers of a luxury housing project by a Gurgaon based developer moved court. The housing project was publicised in her name and was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016 but it never took off, says Times Of India. The court has attached Sharapova’s name to the complaint list and has ordered an FIR against her and the developers. The consumer, Bhawana Agarwal (44) filed a complaint in Delhi court, through her lawyer Piyush Singh, against Homestead Infrastructure Development, Homestead Infrastructure Maintenance, Homestead Arabic Homes, the company directors and Sharapova.
Bhawana informed the court that the builders attracted buyers by advertising the project as ‘Ballet by Sharapova’. Further, the complainant added that the projects in the pipeline – chiefly proposal for a tennis academy and a clothing line and sportswear showroom caught her attention.
The court presided by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Malik observed that Sharapova not only promoted the fraudulent activities of the company but also supported the project in the eyes of the people. The court, according to Times Of India, said, “If the averments of the complainant are to be believed, it shows that nothing has happened on the said project and alleged persons have no licence or sanction for construction or development at the project, for which the complainant paid Rs 53.03 lakh.”
The court further declared that Sharapova has been a ‘part of criminal conspiracy’, thus should not be exempted from the arrest order. “If the alleged persons have no licence or sanction to raise the residential flats in the name of ‘Ace by Sharapova’, Sector 73, Gurgaon, and accepted Rs 53 lakh to book a flat of unit area of 2,500 sqft, then they have undoubtedly committed criminal offence,” the court said and also directed the SHO concerned to register an FIR under relevant sections and to investigate “all angles”.
Around 1,500 people have shown interest in the project since Sharapova came down in 2013 to meet prospective buyers for the project and also to meet developers.