Ashneer Grover, co-founder of BharatPe, and his spouse Madhuri Jain have been summoned by the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing for questioning regarding an alleged Rs 81-crore scam at the fintech unicorn, according to police sources on Friday.
The sources stated that the pair has been summoned to appear at the Economic Offences Wing’s (EOW) Mandir Marg office on November 21 to join the investigation being conducted in response to a complaint filed by BharatPe.
The development came hours after Grover in a post on X claimed that he was stopped at the Delhi airport on Thursday when he and his wife were travelling to New York for vacation.
EOW authorities told PTI that the couple was stopped following the issuance of a watch circular against them, and they confirmed the summons.
In December last year, the fintech company had filed a complaint against Grover, who is one of its co-founders, his wife Madhuri and other family members for allegedly carrying out a fraud of Rs 81 crore.
The EOW filed an FIR against Grover, Madhuri Jain and their family members Deepak Gupta, Suresh Jain and Shwetank Jain in May in the alleged Rs 81-crore fraud case.
According to BharatPe, Grover and his family paid fictitious invoices to fake HR consultants, made inflated and unauthorized payments through passthrough vendors associated with the accused, engaged in sham transactions involving input tax credit and the payment of penalties to the GST authorities, paid unauthorized sums to travel agencies, falsified invoices created by Madhuri Jain, and destroyed evidence, causing damages totaling approximately Rs 81.30 crore.
EOW sources said the officials filed a status report in court on November 7.
If convicted, the accused face between 10 years to life in prison.