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Indian hero hailed by British royalty called a 'fraud'

world Updated: Jan 18, 2010 21:42 IST
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He was hailed as a hero by everyone from British royalty to Bollywood stars, but businessman Deepak Kuntawala's tales of bravery during the Mumbai terror attacks are being called a case of "massive deception".

As claims by the London based businessman of having saved 150 people during the 26/11 attacks face intense questioning, some of the guests who attended the grand charity ball organised by him at the Kensington Palace have cried foul.

"This man, Deepak Kuntawala has fooled everybody with his claims of heroism and rescuing hostages at the Taj during 26/11. Based on his fraudulent claims he fooled everybody. I was one of the victims. Some kind of massive deception has taken place and it's a huge scandal. He should pay the price," said actor Kabir Bedi who had hosted the event.

Kuntawala and his father Vinay Kuntawala had set up a charity organisation the DVK Foundation, which claimed to help survivors and families of the victims of 26/11.

Queen Elizabeth's first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, agreed to be patron of the DVK Foundation and hosted a charity event in London in November last year which was attended by Bollywood celebs like Lara Dutta, Konkona Sen Sharma, Pooja Bedi, Shekhar Kapur, Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi.

"They were hosting a charity benefit dinner, but it was a money making scheme and the money was not reaching the people it was meant for," said actress Konkona Sen Sharma.

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