Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra said she was "shocked" to see an FIR filed against her and her husband Raj Kundra and said it pains her to see her reputation getting tarnished.
A Mumbai-based businessman lodged a cheating case against the actor, her husband and a few others, accusing them of duping him of Rs 1.51 crore.
The complainant alleged that in July 2014, Kashiff Khan, the director of SFL Fitness company, along with Shetty, Kundra and others asked him to invest Rs 1.51 crore into the enterprise to earn a profit.
He claimed he was assured that the company would provide him a franchise and open a gym and spa at Hadapsar and Koregaon in Pune, but it did not materialise. Later, when the complainant sought his money back, he was allegedly threatened, a police official said quoting the complaint.
Based on the complaint, the Bandra police registered an FIR.
Shilpa Shetty, in a social media post, said “Woke up to an FIR registered in Raj and my name! Shocked!! To set the record straight, SFL Fitness, a venture run by Kashiff Khan. He had taken naming rights of brand SFL to open SFL Fitness Gyms around the country. All deals were struck by him and he was signatory in banking and day-to-day affairs."
“We are not aware of any of his transactions not have we received a single rupee from him for the same. All franchisee's dealt directly with Kashiff. The company closed in 2014 and was entirely handled by Kashiff Khan. I have worked very hard over the last 28 years and it pains me to see that my name and reputation is getting damaged and dragged so loosely to get eyeballs. My rights as a law-abiding proud citizen in India should be protected,” her statement read.