Former Russian tennis sensation Maria Sharapova, former Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, and 11 others have come under the crosshairs of the Gurgaon police. Cops from the district filed a case against them as directed by court order due to the allegations of fraud and criminal controversy hurled at them. The complainant is a Delhi-based woman.
A resident of Chattarpur Mini Farm in New Delhi, Shafali Agarwal’s complaint was based on a real estate investment gone bad.
Shafali alleges that she had booked an apartment in a project named after Maria Sharapova. There was another tower in the project that was named after Michael Schumacher as well. Based on initial commitments made to Shafali, the project should have been completed by 2016, but to no avail.
Now, she’s accusing these international celebrities of colluding to fraud, via association and promotion of the project.
© Maria Sharapova
Formerly, she had lodged a complaint in a Gurgaon court against M/S Realtech Development and Infrastructure (INDIA) Pvt. Ltd, other developers, Sharapova and Schumacher for cheating her out of nearly ₹ 80 lakh.
She says in her complaint, "We came to know about the project through advertisements and reached out to the company management after pictures of the project and a lot of false promises were made,"
Shafali, the complainant, put forward her case before the court, stating that she and her husband had booked a residential apartment in the project named after the tennis legend in Sector 73, Gurgaon. However, she raised the issue that the developer cheated the couple out of their hard-earned money by tricking them to put money into a project that was never meant to be completed.
The FIR against Sharapova and Schumacher has been registered as per Sections 34 (common intention), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 406 (criminal breach of trust), and 420 (cheating) of the IPC at the Badshahpur police station.
© Michael Schumacher
Based on the case filed by Shafali, she has alleged that Sharapova and Schumacher were promoters of the project and co-conspirators with the buyers. Ms Agarwal added that the former tennis star had visited the site, then promising the opening of a tennis academy and sports store in the project.
The complaint reads, "It was mentioned in the brochure that she is promoting the project, and she also made false promises, had dinner parties with the buyers, and all this was done for the project, which never took off,"
Here’s how Twitter reacted to this news:
Of all the things I've seen on F1 Twitter, this can't be trumped
Case Against Tennis Icon Maria Sharapova, Racer Schumacher In Gurgaon - NDTV https://t.co/N0T7km8ClM
Realtors found innovative ways to trick desperate and gullible home buyers. It also reflects the lack of strong legal framework to protect the interests of buyers. https://t.co/SPfzPplJYi— Gopal Sripada (@gopals) March 17, 2022
Are they idiots or what?? Yea of course Maria Sharapova and Michael Schumacher were in Gurgaon promoting some stupid towers.— Vishnu Raj (check bio pls ) (@ThatMalayali) March 17, 2022
The hilarity of this complaint knows no bounds. The lady should read the news and should know what's happened to Schumacher considering she cared enough to make the investment on the fact his name was attached to the project https://t.co/SGtHEGiVWF— Sahil Mohan Gupta (@DigitallyBones) March 16, 2022
On today's episode of weird shit happening in India,
Michael Schumacher has been booked in an FIR in Gurgaon because there's a tower named after him in a building project which was never completed, hence he's booked for fraud.https://t.co/08HeFI4Mtk
Well, there’s possibly more to this than meets the eye, and we hope that a resolution is found swiftly.