Celebrity car designer Dilip Chhabria gets bail but remains in jail: Here’s why


Dilip Chhabria gets bail in the multi-crore car financing and forgery scam. Esplanade magistrate court has granted the bail, after over three months of his arrest by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. The estimated forgery done by Chhabria is about Rs 40 crore. Even though the court has granted him bail, he remains in jail because of another case filed against him by comedian Kapil Sharma.

Kapil Sharma lodged a formal complaint against Dilip Chhabria for failing to deliver a customised vanity van. Kapil said that he has paid over Rs 5.7 crore to the car designer for the same. However, Chhabria demanded more money from Kapil and also asked him to pay parking charges for his vanity van.

Chhabria and his sister have filed the plea in the Bombay High Court seeking an independent inquiry into the “illegal seizure” of his property by the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Mumbai Crime Branch. Chhabria is also seeking the court’s help to de-seal his property in Pune.

Advocate Akhilesh Dubey, who is representing Chhabria argued before the division bench of Justice SS Shinder and Justice Manish Pitale that Chhabria has a huge workshop in Pune. That workshop has been illegally seized by CIU. The advocate said that immovable property cannot be seized.

How did the cops find out about the scam?

The scam was unearthed after the Mumbai Police reportedly received a tip that a DC Avanti with a fake registration number was parked outside the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. The cops laid a trap to intercept the vehicle and were able to do that successfully. Upon interception, The cops found out that the vehicle was registered in Tamil Nadu while the chassis and the VIN were registered in Haryana RTO under a different registration number.

The car owner, who is from Tamil Nadu failed to explain the same to the police. Curiously, the police also found out that the address in Haryana belongs to Dilip Chhabria’s company. The cops then seized the vehicle and asked the owner of the vehicle to become a complainant in the case. The cops also suspect that Chhabria’s company released cars with the same VIN and chassis numbers to fool financial organizations.

Dilip Chhabria’s arrest

Dilip Chhabria was first arrested on December 29 last year in connection with the car financing and dual registration racket. He was sent to the Taloja Jail on January 7. He was again arrested by the cops after Kapil Sharma lodged an FIR against Dilip Chhabria. The CIU got custody of Chhabria only for a few days before he was sent back to judicial custody.

Currently, there are three cases against the celebrity car designer. There are two cases against him by CIU and one by the Economic Offence Wing of Mumbai Police. Along with Chhabria, his sister and an employee – Nihal Bajaj was arrested by CIU. Dilip remains in custody while the other two are out on bail. Chhabria;s new bail plea is yet to be heard