Dilip Chhabria, the founder of DC Design, which is now known as DC2 is arrested by Mumbai Police. The Crime Intelligence Unit of Mumbai Crime Branch arrested the car designer on Monday. A case of cheating and forgery has been registered, as confirmed by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) to Mid-Day.
The police team has also seized a DC Avanti that belongs to him. The car is currently parked at the police compound in Mumbai. The exact details of the case or the charges against him are not out yet. However, the police have said that the ace designer is booked under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120(B) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code or IPC.
A complaint was filed against him around 10 days ago for various charges. The Crime Intelligence Unit swung into action after the complaint and arrested him. While there are no further details available at the moment, the sources say that more arrests have been made in connection to the same case.
Dilip Chhabria is an avid car enthusiast himself and owns an expensive garage. His son Bonito and himself own cars like Porsche 911 Turbo S, Audi R8 Spyder, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Aston Martin Vanquish, and a BMW X6M, which was bought by the cricketer Yuvraj Singh sometime ago.
DC Design in India
DC Design was renamed earlier this year. The brand became one of the biggest modification garages in India. It started by modifying cars into luxury lounges and later launched India’s first sportscar – the DC Avanti. DC Design also showcased its second product – the TCA at the Auto Expo. However, due to the regulation changes and other unknown factors, the project was put on hold indefinitely.
The garage also designed the lounge for the Mahindra Marazzo, which was officially offered by Mahindra. They also released the lounge conversion of a slew of new cars including the Kia Carnival. DC Design had some high profile clients including the likes of Madhuri Dixit and Hrithik Roshan who got their vehicles customised from the brand.
DC2, which is the current name of the brand revealed plans for launching electric cars in the future. They also designed an electric car that is inspired by the Hindustan Ambassador and planned to launch it in the coming years. However, the exact timeline or the details on the car remains unknown.
Some of the most popular designs from the DC Design include the lounge design kits of the Mahindra XUV500, Duster, Toyota Fortuner and the most popular of them all – the Innova. There are numerous customisations based on the Toyota Innova and there are many on sale in the used car market too.
Dilip Chhabria has also modified some of the cars in the international market. There are Rolls Royce, Land Cruisers and many other vehicles that he has transformed with his unique sense of designing. He rose to the popularity in the international circuit when Aston Martin and Dilip Chhabria signed a contract for a running prototype of an Aston Martin model. It was the first time that an international car maker has utilised the services of an Indian design firm for a prototype vehicle.