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Dilip Chhabria arrested again within two months for a fraud

Alok Parekh

Dilip Chhabria was accused for a fraud of INR 5.70 crore.

On Thursday, 7 January 2021, comedian Kapil Sharma went to the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) of Mumbai Crime Branch for filing a complaint against the very well-known car designer Dilip Chhabria. Sharma accused him of taking INR 5.70 crore for his vanity van, which was apparently not delivered. Police have recorded the statement and will look into the matter.

Milind Bharambhe, Joint Commissioner of Police, stated that the Police are in the process of registering an FIR against the car designer for cheating Sharma. It was all a matter of investigating the details and verifying them. According to a crime branch officer, police were likely to arrest Chhabria on Friday, 8 January.
Kapil, in his statement, said that he had gone to DCDPL for designing a vanity van for himself in 2017. He had already paid INR 5.30 crore from May 2017 to May 2018. He approached Chhabria again in July 2018, when he found out that there was no progress on his order. In addition to the above-mentioned amount, Chhabria demanded a further of INR 40 lakh as GST which Sharma had paid. A few months later, when Kapil still did not find any progress, he demanded the money back but Chhabria said that he would deliver the van if Sharma paid INR 60 lakh additionally. Kapil approached the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), in 2019. It was after then that Chhabria asked for a further of INR 12 lakh for parking the vehicle in the factory premises. Sharma then approached Mumbai Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to register a complaint.

Earlier last year, he was arrested by the CIU on December 28 when the police found out that his firm, Dilip Chhabria Designs Pvt. Ltd. (DCDPL) had assisted loans from Non-Banking Financial Companies. They posed as some customers who wanted to buy DC Sports cars but could not afford them without loans. Police had assaulted his factory in Pune and 14 of his cars along with 40 engines were seized.


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