Businessman Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty were recently dragged into a legal battle and were accused of cheating a textile owner, Ravi Bhalotia.
They were sent a legal notice for allegedly owing Ravi unpaid dues worth Rs 24 lakhs. The businessman in question claimed that the couple who was associated with a telly sales channel called ‘Best Deal TV’, stopped paying him midway for the sales of bedsheets made through the channel.
The complaint further stated that the CEO of Best Deal TV, Gaurav Garg, approached Ravi to sell his goods on the channel saying that celebrities like Raj and Shilpa were associated with the firm. Following the deal signing, and after a few payments were made, the company reportedly stopped paying the businessman who was then shocked to hear that the Best Deal TV had shut down!
In a vengeance to blame the company for his loss, Ravi Bhalotia dragged the celebrity couple into the fiasco because of their mere association with the brand. Regarding the whole issue, Raj Kundra said ‘’this is a civil matter and an abuse of the law. We have tight contracts signed and on the contrary, the vendor owes us money for not fulfilling orders. Best deal is, unfortunately, being wound up due to the business failing and we are following the laws of the land to close the various matters properly.’’
Following the FIR against them, Raj Kundra went on to protect his wife’s name saying, ‘’It's sad that at every step of the way, my wife's name is dragged in to create media hype. She was a non-executive, who had nothing to do with the daily running of the business.’’
The couple has now slapped a 100cr defamation notice on the businessman after he publically called them ‘cheats’ and tried to malign their reputation.
Confirming the news of the petition filed at Bombay High Court, Raj Kundra’s spokesperson said, ‘’Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty Kundra have slapped a defamation notice for Rs.100 crore on Ravi Mohanlal Bhalotia. A quashing petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court as they have tight contracts signed and have been responsibly following the laws of the land.’’