LONDON Nov 21: International tennis star Maria Sharapova was booked on cheating charges by Indian police in regards to a luxury housing project, reported China Daily.
Sharapova, in 2013, had endorsed the housing project in Gurgaon, which lies on the outskirts of New Delhi.
The project was named ‘Ballet by Sharapova’, never was constructed.
“The tennis star has now been booked for cheating and criminal conspiracy by Delhi Police, following a local court’s order. An aggrieved homebuyer had approached the court,” said an Indian police official.
He added that the developers of the project had also been booked under similar charges, however, no arrest has yet been made in the case yet.
A buyer had complained to the court that she was “lured” by the developers of the project, which was slated to complete in 2016.
“Sharapova not only aggressively promoted the fraudulent activities of the accused, but also supported the project in the eyes of the general public and is, therefore, a part of this criminal conspiracy,” the buyer told the court.
The case is scheduled to be heard next on November 23.