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Mumbai: Beauvue Stiledivita directors booked for cutting corners on interiors of Worli flat
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Mumbai: Beauvue Stiledivita directors booked for cutting corners on interiors of Worli flat
Publish on : 2024-03-04 11:10:56
EOW files FIR, and directors deny allegations. Rs 80 crore apartment on Dr Annie Besant Road. The complainant alleges breach of contract, advance payment, and inspection issues. Selection of marble, granite, and furniture involved. MUMBAI: Two directors of an interior designing firm who took a Rs 20-crore contract to do up a six-bedroom, sea-facing apartment at Worli in Mumbai, have been booked by police after the owners complained they had been shortchanged on fittings. The family, which owns the 7,000 sq ft flat worth Rs 80 crore on Dr Annie Besant Road, was taken to Amsterdam and Milan to select marble and furniture for the decor. As work neared completion, they allegedly discovered that the designers had skimped on the embellishments and used substandard local material. Since the amount involved was substantial, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) conducted preliminary inquiries and found grounds for a case. A first information report (FIR) has been filed with Dadar police under Indian Penal Code section 406 for criminal breach of trust. The directors of the interior designing firm, Beauvue Stiledivita Pvt Ltd, Priya Kothari and son Krish Kothari have denied all allegations. "We have not committed any wrongdoing. We have done whatever we had agreed to. They stopped the work before the completion and their goods are lying with me, they can come and collect it anytime. Agarwals owe us Rs 10 crore and we have filed for arbitration but Agarwal to extort, has filed this bogus case,'' Priya Kothari told TOI. The complainant in the case is a director of Fujizakura Pvt Ltd which has businesses in chemicals and finance. Ashutosh Sharma, a project head for Fujizakura, filed the FIR. Sharma in his complaint alleged that his employer Madhav Agarwal and daughter Ishita Agarwal were introduced to Krish Kothari of Beauvue Stiledivita. According to the FIR, after inspecting the flat at 360-West, Kothari gave Agarwal an estimate for the contract, assuring them that he was charging them reasonably to spruce up their place at a price lower than the market rates. He assured them that no effort would be spared to ensure world-class quality and design. In April 2022 Agarwals and Kothari signed a contract. According to the contract, the entire interior work including marble, furniture, and other civil work was to be completed by June 2023. Agarwal gave them an advance of Rs 80 lakh to start the work. In 2022 and again in 2023, Kothari took Ishita and her sister Priyanka to Amsterdam and Milan to select marble, granite, and furniture which he promised to get imported. They also signed a bill which said that the quality of goods to be used in furnishings and in various installations amounted to Rs 20.04 crore, including GST. Agarwal in the FIR alleged that Kothari restricted their entry into the flat while work was in progress. They alleged that Kothari fixed the dates of inspection of the flat on the 30th, 60th, 120th, 150th, and 180th day, by which time they had paid Rs 19.59 crore. Of this, he has returned Rs 1.28 crore, paid vendors Rs 9.61 crore and GST Rs 2.9 crore, and kept Rs 94 lakh for himself, they said

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