Off-field Controversy of Maria Sharapova – Project She Sanctioned in Gurgaon

Nick Clair

Thirty-year-old tennis star Maria Sharapova faces a hold up in relation to cheating as well as criminal conspiracy. She is beneath the investigation regarding the fall down of a luxury housing project that she sanctioned in Gurugram. The firm who is responsible for the development is alleged to have taken a massive amount of money before the project folded by from the home buyers.

A lawyer, Piyush Singh, who is representing one of the buyers, alleged that police charged and filed initial charges of cheating as well as criminal conspiracy aligned with Maria Sharapova as the segment of the broader case adjacent to the firm Homestead Infrastructure Development. The complained filed by the Delhi Court also comprise Homestead Infrastructure Maintenance along with Homestead Arabic Homes, i.e. the company directors with Maria Sharapova.

How Maria Sharapova linked with the controversy?

In 2012 Maria Sharapova came India to launch Luxury high rise apartment which is named Ballet by her, which potential buyers were informed would have a tennis academy in it along with a clubhouse and a helipad.  In 2016 the project was supposed to be finished. However, construction work was discarded later than builders collected cash from home buyers.

As per the lawyer, ‘any celebrity who gives backing to any product theoretically becomes a representative for that company. However, no one would have invested in that project if Maria Sharapova name was not linked to it’. Project’s website quotes Maria Sharapova as claiming that she aimed to ‘make owners experience like they own something special as well as exclusive’.

Police were not instantaneously presented with a statement on the case which is being heard in Delhi court and also calls to developers also went on unreciprocated. Up till now tennis star Maria Sharapova has not remarked regarding the case. It was reported that she also made nearly about 30 million dollars in 2015 as per the Forbes and about 23 million dollars by way of endorsements such as the project in Gurugram.

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