Kapil Sharma claims that car designer Dilip Chhabria “illegally extracted money.”

NewsKapil Sharma claims that car designer Dilip Chhabria “illegally extracted money.”

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Actor and comedian Kapil Sharma reported to the Enforcement Directorate that car designer Dilip Chhabria, who was imprisoned in 2020 for deception and fraud, had used illicit methods to get money from him. He also claimed that the owner of DC Motors had attempted to place the blame for the non-delivery of a customized vehicle elsewhere.

Mohammed Hamid, Sharma’s authorized representative, provided a statement that the ED recorded for inclusion in the chargesheet is filed against Chhabria in connection with a money laundering investigation. On Wednesday, a special PMLA court overseeing the case took cognizance of the chargesheet and summoned Chhabria and the other six accused parties.

The actor’s representative told the ED that in December 2016, Sharma-the only owner of K9 Productions-had contacted Chhabria about buying a customized vanity van.  Following that, he said, a contract was signed in March 2017 by K9 Productions and Dilip Chhabria Design Private Limited for the delivery of a customized vanity van for Rs 4.5 crore (taxes excluded). The statement stated that Sharma’s production company paid Rs 5.31 crore (including taxes) in accordance with the terms that were agreed upon.

Hamid argued that neither the promised vanity van nor any financial reimbursement had been given to Sharma by DCDPL.

When Hamid visited the car designer’s Pune facility to examine the vanity van, Chhabria informed him that all of the interior materials had been bought and stored in a warehouse. This was in response to a question regarding the reason behind the delay in the project. Chhabria discussed his precarious financial situation and his need for money, according to the actor’s agent. 

Subsequently, Chhabria requested funding for the vehicle’s delivery from Sharma and sent him additional quotations for Rs 54,20,800.

Sharma became suspicious at the abrupt request for more money. Chhabria reacted angrily when asked if he intended to take money from the actor, according to the statement.

The accused began corresponding with Sharma through mail, allegedly falsely accusing him of failing to inspect the vanity van in a timely manner and citing this as the reason the vehicle was not delivered.

The actor’s representative stated in the statement that Sharma took legal action after he became aware of his plan to cheat and sent an alert of recovery to the car designer’s company on April 18, 2019.

But in order to get money from Sharma, Chhabria used a number of illegal methods, the report said. On December 28, 2020, Chhabria was taken into custody by the Mumbai Police Crime Intelligence Unit team after they discovered that his company, Dilip Chhabria (DC) Designs Pvt Ltd, had purportedly obtained loans from a number of non-banking financial companies (NBFC) by pretending to be buyers of DC sports cars, specifically Avantis.

The comedian asserted in 2021 that Chhabria had taken Rs 5.5 crore from him to design his vanity van, but had never delivered.

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