India wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant has fallen prey to arrested Haryana cricketer Mrinank Singh who has recently been arrested for defrauding a businessman by offering to get him expensive watches and mobile phones at a cheap rate. Reportedly Pant has also lodged a complaint against Singh for duping him of Rs 1,63,00,000 last year in February through a bounced cheque.
In the same light, the Saket court has also issued a notice to the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai to present Singh before the court as the culprit was arrested by the Juhu police earlier this month for allegedly cheating a city-based businessman of Rs 6 lakh.
Notably, Pant was promised a Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Series watch for Rs 1.63 Crore by Singh. The series consisted of a Crazy Colour Watch worth INR Rs 36,25,120 and a Richard Mille watch worth INR Rs 62,60,000.
Singh used fake references to earn Pant’s trust
In the complaint lodged by Rishabh Pant and his manager Puneet Solanki, it has been stated that Mrinank earned the trust of Pant and Solanki using fake references. The complaint also revealed the expense of the watches that were produced and noted a mutual oral settlement for INR 1.63 crore.
“In January 2021, Mrinank told Pant and Solanki that he had started a business of buying and selling luxury watches, bags, jewellery, etc. He gave references to several cricketers to whom he claimed to have sold the goods. He falsely represented to Pant and his manager that he could procure luxury watches and other accessories for them at good discounts and very cheap prices” the complaint stated.
“Believing in the story of the accused, Pant handed over a luxury watch and few jewellery items in the month of Feb 2021 to the accused, that were purchased by him for Rs 65,70,731/- (Sixty Five Lakh Seventy Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty One only) for resale (sic),” the complaint added.