Delhi HC stays trial court order summoning Make My Trip CEO in cheating case

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NEW DELHI: The
Delhi High
Court has put on hold a
trial
court
order
summoning online travel company
Make
My
Trip‘s (MMT)
CEO Deep Kalra
in a
cheating
case filed by a lawyer.

Justice Anu Malhotra issued the interim direction on Kalra’s plea seeking quashing of the
trial
court
order dated March 3, 2020 and proceedings emanating from it.

The high
court also issued notice to the state and the lawyer, who had lodged the
cheating complaint against MMT, its
CEO and a company employee, seeking their response on Kalra’s plea by February 10, the next date of hearing.

“The matter be re-notified for February 10, till which date the impugned
order against the applicant (Kalra) is stayed,” the
court said.

Kalra was represented by senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, who told the high
court that the police filed a closure report
in the
case
in 2017 saying there was insufficiency of evidence, the grievance of the complainant-lawyer was a consumer dispute and there was no concealment.

The complainant-lawyer had filed a
cheating complaint with the police alleging that MMT, its
CEO and one of its employees, who had planned his holiday package, conspired to cheat him, Kalra’s plea, filed through advocates Ridhima Mandhar and Kartik Khanna, has said.

Pahwa told the
court that after carrying out an initial enquiry, the police had
in 2014 said the dispute was purely of civil nature and no cognisable offence was made out.

Despite that report, the magisterial
court had directed registration of an FIR and therefore the FIR for the offences of
cheating and criminal conspiracy was lodged against MMT, Kalra and the employee who had planned the holiday for the complainant-lawyer, the petition has said.

The complainant-lawyer had
in 2019 filed a protest petition against the police’s closure report.
In March last year, the
trial
court allowed the plea and summoned the company, Kalra and the employee, it said.

Hence, the present petition for quashing the
trial
court
order was filed, it said.

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