India’s star wicketkeeper and Delhi Capitals (DC) IPL team skipper Rishabh Pant has been cheated by jailed Haryana cricketer Mrinank Singh. The ticket office keeper was allegedly defrauded of Rs 1.63 crore by Singh in February on the pretext of reselling luxury watches, bags and jewelry through an NSF cheque.
Singh, 23, who played for Haryana Under-19s and was part of the IPL auction roster in 2018, was arrested by Juhu police in Mumbai earlier this month for deceiving a businessman from Rs 6 lakh. He is currently being held at Arthur Road Prison.
Even though Singh’s case is now in the limelight, a check delivered by Singh to Pant was dishonored a few months ago for insufficient funds. The case therefore falls under the law on commercial paper.
Speaking to Sports Tak, Pant’s lawyer Eklavya Dwivedi said the two cricketers know each other through sports and met at the zonal cricket academy camp.
In 2021, Singh told Pant that he was starting a new luxury goods business where he could get these items at a reasonable cost. Pant gave her a large sum to get her some items and also gave her some luxury items such as jewelry to resell. Pant’s complaint said the cricketer gave Singh a watch worth over Rs 65,000.
Pant sent him a legal notice when he was unable to obtain these items and the two parties mutually agreed to resolve the issue, with Singh paying Rs 1.63 crore to Pant. Singh issued a check, which bounced due to insufficient funds in February.
Along with interest, the total amount has now climbed to between Rs 1.8 and 1.9 crore, Dwivedi said. The hearing of the case will take place on July 19.
Similar to Pant, Singh had duped a Mumbai-based businessman out of Rs 6 lakh by offering to buy him expensive watches and cell phones at reasonable rates. The 35-year-old businessman makes reels for social media sites and lives in Juhu. He had met Singh on Instagram in 2018 and the two had become friends and attended parties together.
In 2020, Singh told the businessman he could get him expensive watches and cellphones at cheaper rates. Attracted by the proposal, the businessman gave Singh Rs 6 lakh. Later, Singh stopped taking his calls.
Although the incident happened in 2020, the businessman was unable to press charges against Singh due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Mid-Day reported.
After the report of Singh’s arrest, a Mumbai-based director said he was also tricked by the 23-year-old cricketer out of Rs 25,000 in Chandigarh, according to another Mid-Day report. The director, who did not want to be identified, said Singh met him at a five-star hotel in Chandigarh and offered to invest in his next film. He also agreed to meet the screenwriter in Mumbai, for which an appointment was scheduled for April 28.
Later, Singh called the director and asked him to settle his bills at the hotel as he had lost his wallet.
“He asked me if I could transfer Rs 25,000 to him. I was feeling a bit suspicious but I was busy so I transferred the amount,” the manager told Mid Day. Singh said he would repay the amount he continued to delay, he added. It was only after Singh was arrested that the director realized he had been cheated.
Singh allegedly defrauded a number of hotels by not paying for his stays. The cricketer had claimed to be part of the Mumbai Indians IPL team and said his team manager would clear his tab. According to reports, about 18 people have filed complaints against him. Police believe Singh engaged in these crimes to maintain his lavish lifestyle.
(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)