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Caught In The Slips

Caught In The Slips

Supreme Court turns spotlight on firms linked to Mr and Mrs Dhoni in Amrapali real estate default case

Caught In The Slips Courtesy: BCCI

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is headlining again—no, Mahi hasn’t announced his retirement from ODIs, haven’t changed his hairstyle, or bought another superbike. The former Indian captain and wife Sakshi landed in a controversy this week vis-a-vis the debt-riddled Amra­pali Group, the realtor Dhoni had end­orsed as brand ambassador sometime ago until they fell out over all­eged unpaid dues to the cricketer. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court observed that Amrapali—in the dock for unfini­shed housing projects in Noida and Greater Noida—had created several companies “to route funds” collec­ted from homebuyers. And according to a Supreme Court-appointed auditor’s report, one of these companies—Amrapali Mahi Developers Private Limited—has Sakshi as its director, while the other—Amrapali Media Vis­ion Private Limited—paid Rs 24 crore to Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited, a company in which Dhoni has stakes. Rhiti used to manage his commercial interests as well.

“Several companies were created only to route the funds and transactions consisting of office boys, persons with no income and dummy companies in which family members and relatives were inducted as members only for few transactions....” the court said in its ruling that caught Dhoni on the wrong foot. Also, the court directed state-run builder NBCC to take over all unfinished Amrapali projects.

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