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Karishma Tanna's husband, Samir Kochhar conned of ₹1.03 crore by realtor duo; Mumbai court refuses bail

The realtor couple are accused of cheating Varun Bangera, Karishma Tanna's husband, and Samir Kochhar under the pretext of selling them flats in 2021.

Karishma Tanna's husband, Samir Kochhar conned of ₹1.03 crore by realtor duo; Mumbai court refuses bail
Karishma Tanna's husband, Samir Kochhar

Last Updated: 11.25 AM, Jan 09, 2024


Pronit Prem and Amisha Nath, a realtor couple, were accused of cheating actor and host Samir Kochhar as well as actress Karishma Tanna's partner Varun Bangera, so a sessions court in Mumbai denied their request for anticipatory bail. The Free Press Journal reported that the two of them scammed Rs 1.03 crores by pretending to offer them an apartment in 2021.

According to the reports, the court stated that because the accused's "deception and fraudulent intention" are obvious, anticipatory bail is being denied.

FPJ quoted the court as stating, “From the allegations, it appears that the applicants/accused have systematically planned to obtain the initial amount from the informant, used it for their purposes, and subsequently denied selling the flat to the informant. Thus, the deception and fraudulent intention on the part of applicants/accused are apparently clear.”

What exactly happened?

Based on Sameer Kochhar's complaint, the Amboli police station booked the couple. It is stated that in December 2020, Kochhar and Bangera were looking for properties. They learned then that the Naths intended to construct a building with four floors in Bandra West's Pali Village and then sell it. Following the meeting, they each agreed to pay Rs 1.95 crores and Rs 90 lakhs, respectively, for a flat.

The media outlet claims that as token amounts, Varun handed them an apartment worth Rs 19.85 lakhs and Samir offered them a cheque for Rs 11 lakhs. The actor gave the accused a total of Rs 58.50 lakhs, and the actress's husband gave the accused Rs 44.66 lakhs. When Naths discovered that the plot was mortgaged to a financial company, they even went on to reassure them. The complainants were informed that upon the mortgage being paid off, they would purchase the apartments. On March 30, 2021, the Naths asked them to sign the Memorandum of Understanding.

Kochar filed a case in June 2023 after the accused informed the complaints that they intended to keep the property for themselves and no longer wished to sell it. Prerak Chaudhary, the television host's attorney, filed all the necessary paperwork, including the Memorandum of Understanding, proof of payments, and a copy of the suit instituted for the "specific performance of the agreement," despite Nath's attorney's contention that his clients had no criminal intent. 

The court decided that more research and detention interrogation were required after considering all of the evidence and arguments.

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