Multiple sources stated on Wednesday that BharatPe founder Ashneer Grover allegedly sold thousands of free passes during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 last year and collected a few crore rupees from the sale of the majority of those tickets, adding fuel to the fire regarding the continuing Ashneer Grover - BharatPe controversy.
The tournament's Global Partner was BharatPe. According to sources close to the situation, Grover allegedly sold each of these free passes for at least 750 dirhams (about Rs 15,000) and gained several crores in the process, which he allegedly deposited in a Dubai account.
Adding fuel to the ongoing #AshneerGrover (@Ashneer_Grover)-#BharatPe saga, multiple sources on Wednesday confirmed that Grover allegedly sold thousands of free passes during ICC Mens' T20 World Cup 2021 last year & pocketed couple of crores from the sale of most of those passes. pic.twitter.com/P30vv6sVCz— IANS (@ians_india) March 16, 2022
According to sources, a Global Partner typically receives roughly 700 free passes for one match, and the fintech platform had hundreds of permits to give, most of which were allegedly sold.
An IANS report suggests that BharatPe personnel were granted passes for the regular stands but not the VIP ones. From October 17 to October 22, the UAE and Oman hosted the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in four venues: Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Muscat. On November 14, the tournament's final was held in Dubai. A total of sixteen teams competed in the tournament.View this post on Instagram
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a strategic collaboration with BharatPe from 2021 to 2023 in June, last year. Throughout the length of the deal, BharatPe would be present and integrated at all ICC tournaments.
However, it did not take long for the Shark Tank India celebrity to mock the report in his typical and hilarious fashion, sarcastically remarking his portrayal as someone who sells concert and match tickets in black while standing in front of a theatre or a stadium.
What BharatPe Board thinks I am doing at ICC World Cup “10 ka 2, 10 ka 2, 10 ka 2 - aye sahab mangta hai kya ticket black mein ?!” What I am actually doing is ensuring Suhail Sameer and @sumeetsingh29 don’t drink silly the hospitality section dry. Kuchh nahi mila to kuchh bhi !!! pic.twitter.com/jI7vmWDECx— Ashneer Grover (@Ashneer_Grover) March 16, 2022
Grover, his wife Madhuri Jain, and their relatives were involved in alleged extensive misappropriation of company funds and grossly abused company money to fund their lavish lifestyles, according to the fintech platform. Grover also came under significant scrutiny after a recording of him allegedly abusing a bank executive went viral on YouTube and other online platforms.
Madhuri Jain Grover was recently fired from the company due to alleged financial irregularities amounting to millions of rupees during her time as Head of Controls. Ashneer resigned after this, claiming that he was compelled to leave a company in which "I am a founder."