Following a court order, police in this city arrested former Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, former Formula One racer Michael Schumacher, and 11 others for fraud and criminal conspiracy.
The FIR was filed in response to a complaint filed by a Delhi woman accusing them of fraud.
Shafali Agarwal, a resident of New Delhi’s Chattarpur Mini Farm, reported that she had booked an unit in a Sharapova-themed development. According to her, a skyscraper in the project was named after Schumacher.
The project was supposed to be finished by 2016, but it never got off the ground, according to the complainant.
She claimed that by associating with and promoting the hoax, international celebrities were complicit in it.
She had previously sued M/S Realtech Development and Infrastructure (INDIA) Pvt. Ltd, other developers, Sharapova, and Schumacher in a Gurugram court for defrauding her of around Rs 80 lakh.
The complainant told the court that she and her husband had reserved a residential apartment in the Sharapova project in Sector 73, Gurugram, but that the developer companies had duped them into investing money in a project that was never meant to be delivered.
“We learned about the project through advertisements and contacted the firm management after seeing photographs of the project and hearing a lot of false promises,” she wrote in her complaint.
Sharapova and Schumacher, as project promoters, plotted with the buyers. According to Agarwal, the former tennis player visited the location and pledged to construct a tennis academy and sports store.
“It was mentioned in the brochure that she is marketing the project,” the lawsuit stated, “and she also made false promises, attended dinner parties with the buyers, and all of this was done for the project, which never took off.”
The FIR was filed at the Badshahpur police station under Sections 34 (common intention), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 406 (criminal breach of trust), and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.
“The FIR has been filed in accordance with the court ruling, and we are currently analysing the situation. The investigation has begun “Inspector Dinkar, the police station’s SHO, stated.