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The Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police has registered an FIR against former Bigg Boss 11 contestant and singer-performer Sapna Choudhary and others on charges of alleged misappropriation of funds, cheating and criminal conspiracy. According to the PTI report, on Thursday, the officials said that as per a complaint by Pawan Chawla, the director of P&M Movies Pvt. Ltd, a firm engaged in the business of celebrity management and events, the FIR was registered against Choudhary and others on Wednesday.
According to the FIR, in 2018, after Choudhary made an exit from a popular reality show she had approached Chawla through a common friend and showed a keen interest to work with the firm to get financial stability. Later, an artist-management agreement was executed between Chawla and Choudhary after several discussions in 2018. Reportedly, as per the terms and conditions of the agreement, the performer was not allowed to work with or join any other company or have contact with any clients of the complainant.
The FIR also stated that in May 2018, Choudhary and her mother approached Chawla for Rs 50 lakh citing an emergency, following which two cheques of Rs 25 lakh each was given to her. In August, she returned a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to Chawla and by September, she gave him back Rs 3 lakh. She then took Rs 1.5 lakh from him by November and this way, she took an amount of Rs 38.5 lakh in total from Chawla.
Police said that Choudhary had cited various emergencies to collect money from the complainant on several occasions. The complainant alleged that despite several promises she did not pay the remaining amount. The FIR stated that total Rs 3.5 crore loan amount was pending from her side.
"The accused persons have committed breach of trust and misappropriated huge amount collected by organizing several events clandestinely. The intention of the accused was to extract money by way of loan extended to over Rs 3.5 crore on the pretext of emergent need for purchase of house and other emergencies," the FIR stated.
Now, a case has been registered against the accused and an investigation is underway, a senior police officer said.