The troubles for Mihir Diwakar and Soumya Vishwas, former business partners of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, are likely to increase further after cases of cheating were registered against them in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
The directors of Aarka Sports and Management Limited are accused of extorting huge amount of money by opening sports academies in Dhoni’s name at several places across the country despite the contract being cancelled by the former Team India captain. Mihir has been a former Ranji player and has also played with Dhoni.
According to the complaint lodged, in the year 2020, Mihir and Soumya contacted them and told them that Dhoni wanted to start cricket academies in different parts of the country. They have also been given the right to run it for 10 years. The said company paid him Rs 45 lakh as a license fee for 10 years to open a cricket academy in Gujarat. Apart from this, a royalty of Rs 75,000 per month was also paid on getting the rights to open an academy in Dhoni’s name.
According to the agreement, M.R. Enterprises paid Rs 9,25,000 as royalty by October 2022. It has been said in the complaint that 1.47 lakh crore rupees was spent in the name of preparing the cricket ground and providing other facilities and Rs 3.5 lakh was spent on hospitality, hotel and travelling allowance of the representatives of Arka Sports Management Private Limited. Till now, a total of Rs 2.11 lakh crore has been spent in the name of establishing and running the cricket academy in Gujarat. Later it was revealed that Dhoni had cancelled the right given to the accused duo to open a cricket academy on August 15, 2021, according to which they had no right to take any kind of financial benefit.
Nearly a week ago, Dhoni, through his friend and representative Seemant Lohani, had filed a case in the Ranchi court against the directors of Aarka Sports and Management Limited, alleging a fraud of Rs 15 crore.