Gautam Rode is one of the most popular actors on the Indian television. The actor is always in news for his new off-beat characters or because of his love life. In fact, few months back Gautam Rode entered holy matrimony with long-time girlfriend and television actress Pankhuri Awasthy. However, this time around Gautam is in news for an entirely different reason.
As reported by Times Of India, Gautam Rode along with other two people were duped for approximately Rs 8 Crore by a real estate developer. The leading newspaper reported that the actor along with two others had booked flats in a still under-construction building in Mumbai’s Goregaon West area. However, since 2016 the building’s construction has not progressed beyond the 14th floor slab. The proposed number of floors in the Goregaon building is of 55 floors.
As per the report, when Gautam met the developer Atithi Patel during sometime mid-2016, he promised the actor that he has all the required permissions for smooth possession of the flats. The developer even asked Gautam to pay Rs 1.5 Crore as down payment and pay monthly instalments of Rs 5 Lakh. The 31st-floor 2,445 sq ft flat Gautam chose for himself and his wife costs about Rs 4 Crore.
If Gautam is to be believed, in between May 2016 to May 2017 he has made cheque payments of about Rs 2.11 Crore to Atithi Patel.
Frustrated by the lack of progress, Gautam Rode has filed a complaint against the developer with Mumbai Police’s economic offences wing (EOW). In the FIR Gautam even mentions despite receiving a booking form, he was never given an allotment letter by the developer. In fact, when Gautam asked for the flat to be registered, his request fell into deaf ears.
After learning about the stunned construction of his Goregaon building—Gautam Rode asked the developer for a refund. However, the developer refused to cough up the money.
Building’s developer Atithi Patel’s representative stated to the leading daily in defence that they do not refund the money and that the actor himself was delaying the registration of the flat. The representatives have asked Gautam Rode to have some faith and patience, however, they too were silent about the progress of the ‘ongoing’ construction.