It seems Bollywood actors will have to be extra careful before agreeing to promote a brand or service. In June this year, a Bihar court had ordered an FIR against Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta for appearing in Maggi advertisements. Now Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar have landed in legal trouble
for promoting online shopping site askmebazaar.com, which is accused of duping customers.
An FIR has been registered against them by a lawyer Rajat Bansal under IPC sections 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 420 (forgery) on September 19.
In the FIR, Bansal alleges that he had ordered a 40-inch LED TV from the online portal on August 23 and had paid Rs.29,999 for the same through his debit card, but he did not get the product within 10 days, as promised.
He further alleged that due to promotion of the site by Farhan and Ranbir, people fall in lure of the site, which though sent him the bill, but not the product.
Besides Ranbir and Farhan, the FIR under the same sections has also been lodged against directors of the online portal, Sanjiv Gupta, Anand Sonbhadra, Piyush Pankaj, Kiran Kumar Sriniwas Murti and marketing officer Puja Goyal. Meanwhile, the police is probing the matter.