The Bombay High Court has asked the police not to file charge a sheet against actress Shilpa Shetty and her businessman husband Raj Kundra in an alleged cheating case for two weeks until the matter is heard again.
The court heard joint pleas by Shetty and Kundra seeking that the case of cheating and criminal breach against them be quashed. “Do not file a charge sheet in the case till we hear this petition,” the court said. It also asked for the police’s stand on the couple’s plea.
On 27 April, the Bhiwandi police in Mumbai, India booked the couple based on allegations by a textile owner who accused them of duping. In May, they were given anticipatory bail by a trial court, after which they approached the High Court.
The complaint has been filed by Ravi Bhalotia, who claims that he provided bed sheets to Best Deal TV, a tele-shopping company where Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty are directors. He claims that the couple had failed to pay him his share of the profits from the sales, which amount to Rs 24 lakh.
The couple’s lawyer told the court that they had no intention to cheat Bhalotia, and that the case was civil in nature. They had paid the complainant Rs 1 lakh, and Rs 24 lakh was remaining to be paid.