Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant had also been conned by a Haryana cricketer Mrinank Singh, who had recently been arrested for duping a businessman by offering to get him expensive watches and mobile phones at a cheap rate.
According to Mid-day sources, Pant’s complaint stated that he was deceived by Singh, who produced false references to earn the trust of the former. The complaint added the information on 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.
The sources also revealed that a film director and several hotels have all been conned by the 23-year-old, Singh with fake references. Meanwhile, Pant recently captained the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022 and finished fifth in the points table.