Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui have landed up into a trouble over a case on the alleged Rs 500 crore online ponzi scam.
The CBI has taken over the investigation of the scam, allegedly perpetrated by Ghaziabad-based Webwork Trade Links. Webwork Trade Links promoters Anurag Kain and Sandesh Verma are accused of allegedly looting people using a shadow online firm called “Addsbook.com”.
Shah Rukh and Nawazuddin got dragged into the scam for being brand ambassadors of the firm. A complaint against the company has alleged people had invested heavily in the fake company under the influence of the Bollywood stars.
Promoters of Webwork Trade Links, Anurag Jain and Sandesh Verma, duped people using the two actors as brand ambassadors of his shadow firm addsbook.com , the complaint alleged.
Garg and Verma allegedly took money from people assuring them with profitable payments for every click on advertisements on their website. This way they collected over Rs 500 crore from around two lakh people.
According to the complaint, which is now part of the FIR, the company opened a “shadow company”, Addsbook Marketing Pvt, which was launched on December 10, 2016 with brand ambassadors “Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shahrukh Khan”.
“People have invested heavily as they were influenced by both celebrities,” it alleged.
However, the actors are not mentioned as either accused or suspects by the Uttar Pradesh Police, which had probed the matter earlier.
The CBI, on directives of the Allahabad High Court, has taken over the investigation into the matter and re-registered the FIR against Jain and Verma for alleged cheating and violation of the Information Technology Act.
Whenever the CBI takes over the investigation from a state police, it re-registers the same FIR which was filed by the state police. The final report in the case may be completely different.