In an article published in HT Café on January 18, Vandana Jain, one of the investors in film-maker Boney Kapoor’s Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) team, Bengal Tigers, claimed that Kapoor owed her `95 lakh. She also stated that she had ended their three-year agreement prematurely.
Now, Shyam G Sunder, executive director, CCL, refutes Vandana’s claim, saying that, had Jain not received the payment, she wouldn’t have signed the termination agreement. In an email response to us, Sunder says, “Since she was not in a position to fulfil her financial commitments, she requested us to terminate the agreement. Both parties (Kapoor and Jain) cordially took the decision, and the termination agreement was drawn out. They signed it amicably, and she accepted the payment. The agreement states that both parties have no claim on each other. The signed copies of the agreement and her receipt of payment are with us.”
He goes on to call it a publicity stunt. “After a few days of receiving the payment, she is making the allegation… It is obvious that she is doing it for publicity,” Sunder adds.
When contacted, Jain still stands by her claim. “They haven’t produced any document that shows the returns or profit that the team has generated. I haven’t got the payment,” she says.