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Kapil Dev, Bollywood stars told to pay Rs 8L to 18 club fraud victims

Kapil Dev, Bollywood stars told to pay Rs 8L to 18 club fraud victims

Kapil Dev, Bollywood stars told to pay Rs 8L to 18 club fraud victimsJay Pachchigar | TNN | Oct 22, 2018, 04:38 ISTVADODARA: Cricketer Kapil Dev and Bollywood actors Govinda and Ravi Kishan were fined Rs 8.1 lakh by a consumer court in Vadodara for allowing a con couple to use their photographs and goodwill in an advertisement campaign to sell memberships of Sunstar Club, which later turned out to be a fraud.
Eighteen people had filed a petition in the Vadodara District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum in 2017 against Sunstar promoters Raman Kapoor, his wife Seema Kapoor and the three celebrities.
According to the complainants, the scam started in 2016 when the con couple had charged them a fee of Rs 1.2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh for membership.
The “members” were promised several benefits including free stay at the club hou se. The fraud came to light by 2017, when the victims started approaching the firm for bookings for different destinations but did not get any response.
They filed police cases against the couple in Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Several victims also approached the consumer forum through Jagrut Nagrik, a city-based consumer association, alleging that the celebrities had adopted unfair trade practices.
The forum upheld the arguments and held the celebrities responsible for “unfair trade practices” and ruled that they will also pay each of the complainants Rs 15,000.
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