Rishabh Pant duped for INR 1.63 crore by a Haryana cricketer, his lawyer issues a statement

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The destructive Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant has been conned by a Haryana cricketer by offering the left-handed southpaw the expensive watches at a reasonable price. Mrinank Singh, who represents Haryana, is already spending his time in the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai after a businessman filed a complaint of fraud against him. The businessman accused the state-level cricketer of conning him by offering expensive watches and mobile phones at a reasonable price.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals‘ skipper Rishab Pant has been conned for an amount of INR 1.63 crore through a bounced check. Now, the Indian wicketkeeper and his manager Puneet Solanki have filed an official complaint of fraud against Mrinank Singh.

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Rishabh Pant’s lawyer opens up about the fraud with the wicketkeeper

Pant’s lawyer Eklavya Dwivedi talked about the series of events that happened and revealed that the Indian wicketkeeper met Mrinank Singh during the zonal cricket academy camp.

“This is basically a case under the negotiable instruments act where the cheque issued by the accused Mr Mrinank Singh has been dishonoured on account of insufficient funds. To take the story back a little bit, how these two met, how it actually transpired and why this cheque was issued was sometime in 2020 or 2021. Mr Mrinank Singh, who was known to my client Rishabh Pant through their cricketing commonalities. They met somewhere in the zonal cricket academy camp,” Eklavya Dwivedi told Sports Tak.

“So in 2021, Mr Mrinank Singh falsely misrepresented to my client that he has just started a new business dealing in luxury items and he could procure the same items for it at a very reasonable cost. Therefore, on this proposal, he transferred a sizeable account to Mr Mrinank Singh and also parted with certain luxurious items, jewellery etc which were also for, relatively high amounts, anticipating that the accused Mrinank Singh would be able to resell the same and give him huge profits for it,” Rishabh Pant’s lawyer added.

Eklavya Dwivedi further revealed that both parties agreed to a settlement of INR 1.63 crore. Mrinank Singh issued a cheque for the same that got bounced later on.

“After a while, when he was not able to obtain those articles, we gave him a legal notice and a mutual settlement arrived at Rs 1.63 crore for which Mr Mrinank Singh issues us a cheque. Now, once we presented this cheque before the bank authorities, we got a return memo saying that there has been a dishonourment of the cheque and it has bounced because of insufficient funds,” Dwivedi further explained.

“He was not present in the last listing of our case before the magistrate. So, the magistrate has issued directors to the SHO over there (police authorities) to connect him virtually at the next date of hearing, which is July 19. He will be present that day and his statement will be recorded. We have also filed an application under section 143A for interim compensation. That will also be taken up and arguments will be heard on that,” Rishabh Pant’s lawyer Eklavya Dwivedi concluded.

On the professional front, Rishabh Pant led Delhi Capitals failed to qualify for the playoffs. The wicketkeeper-batter will now be seen in the T20I series against South Africa scheduled to begin on the 9th of June.

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