The last word on diamantaire Nirav Modi and his 11,400 crore bank fraud is yet to be written. The jeweller to the stars who market precious jewellery under the Nirav Modi brand has been accused of defrauding India’s second largest public sector bank Punjab National Bank and has since fled the country.
Now, the latest buzz is that Bipasha Basu and Kangana Ranaut have accused Gitanjali Gems which is founded by Nirav Modi’s relative Mehul Choksi. The jeweller is accused of non-payment of dues and breach of contract.
According to a report in Economic Times, Kangana Ranaut’s spokesperson gave a statement about the same, “There are outstanding due on Kangana’s Nakshatra endorsement, beyond the stipulated contract.”
Kangana was named the face of the brand Nakshatra diamonds in 2016 whereas Bipasha Basu was the brand ambassador of Gili. Basu gave a statement to ET and also mentioned in a text message that her photos were used even after the contract was ended.
She said, “My managers then tried their best to stop Gili from using my pictures post my contractual period… but even though we sent them letters, they continued to use my pictures internationally too, because of which I lost many jewellery endorsements,” said Basu.
This comes after actor Priyanka Chopra, the global brand ambassador for Nirav Modi, said she was seeking legal opinion to terminate her contract with the brand in light of allegations of financial fraud against Modi.