Couple cheated Akshaye Khanna of Rs 50 lakh
Stories of frauds are common, but it is not always true that only illiterate or less informed people fall prey to such frauds. The latest victim of one such outrageous scheme is none other than the renowned actor Akshaye Khanna. He had invested Rs. 50 lakhs in return of the promise of getting double his investment within 45 days and now he has been duped of the entire amount.
Akshaye Khanna had met Satyabrata Chakravarty and his wife Sona at a social gathering in Andheri in October 2010. They presented themselves as the President and Director of the Intech Images Private limited and talked with Khanna about investing in their company. Rajendra Dhuru, the lawyer who is representing the actor told reporters, "In October 2010, my client Akshaye invested the money in Intech Images, owned by the couple. They lured him with false promises of getting the money doubled in just 45 days. However, for almost three years, they continued to give him excuses instead of returning the money."
The couple promised that the actor was promised a return of Rs. 1 crore in 45 days. "Immediately after 45 days, Akshaye called Chakravarty according to the agreement made. But they gave excuses and asked him to wait for some more days saying they had re-invested the money and they will get an additional Rs 50 lakh excluding the Rs 1 crore under the agreement signed," said Dhuru. Several emails were also sent to the couple, but the money was not forthcoming. Ultimately, Akshaye filed a complaint with the Malabar Hill Police Station on Friday through his lawyer Dhuru against Satyabrata Chakravarty and his wife Sona. "We have the agreement for the investment and the money was paid through cheque favouring of Intech Images Private Company," said Dhuru – the lawyer for Akshaye.
Malabar Hill senior inspector Vinay Bagade confirmed that a case of fraud has been filed against the couple. The case was transferred to Economic Offense Wing (EOW). According to Rajvardhan Sinha, additional commissioner of police, EOW, the couple was called in for questioning on Saturday, but there was no report of arrests as yet. Meanwhile, the Chakravarty couple could not be contacted by landline, mobile or SMS.
According to a commodity trading expert, "The commodity trading market is very volatile and unless very significant changes occur, no one can predict what the returns will be or the investor can even incur losses. The only fast returns can be expected in the international gold market, but there too one can't get double the investment. In the current scenario, what the actor was offered is highly impossible."