Delhi court issues bailable warrant against ‘brand ambassador’ Gambhir

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Delhi court has issued bailable warrants against Gautam Gambhir for failing to appear in a flat buyers cast against Rudra Buildwell Reality and HR Infracity. Gambhir has been made a party to the cheating case for being the brand ambassador of the reality group that has failed to fulfil its commitments with the flat buyers.

The court has issued the bailable warrant for ₹ 10,000 against Gambhir as he had “failed to appear in the court repeatedly”. This being a bailable offence, the former India and Delhi opener faces no threat of an arrest for production in the court. He will have to though provide a surety for ₹ 10,000 and appear in the court on the next date of hearing.

This is a typical case of a celebrity brand ambassador facing flak and legal action for the company’s irresponsible or unlawful acts. Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit Nene were subjected to similar cases as the Maggie brand ambassadors when the Nestle noodles brand was found to be a “harmful food item”.

Gambhir over the years is known for setting high standards with his ethics, charity acts and standing for good causes. However, in the present case he appears to have erred in judgement to assess the brand and its promoters and flawed in ignoring the court summons.

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The court has on Wednesday issued bailable warrants against Gambhir for not appearing before it despite repeated summons in a case related to alleged cheating with flat buyers in a real estate project, reports PTI.

A group of 17 flat buyers has alleged to have paid around ₹1.98 crore for booking flats in an upcoming project at Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram area in 2011 but the housing project did not take off.

Gambhir is made a party to the case as he was a director and brand ambassador in a joint project of Rudra Buildwell Reality Pvt Ltd and H R Infracity Pvt Ltd, accused of duping the complainants of ₹ 1.98 crore on the pretext of booking apartments in the housing project.

The complainants have alleged that “the project was extensively promoted and advertised with Gambhir as the brand ambassador, which influenced the buyers to invest in the project”.

“Considering the fact that accused Gautam Gambhir has not been appearing in this case repeatedly and he has not appeared even despite dismissal of his exemption application on last date of hearing, therefore, issue bailable warrant for ₹10,000 against the accused with one surety in the like amount for next date of hearing,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Khurana said.

The court has put up the matter for further hearing on January 24.