Mumbai Police Arrests Celebrity-Chef Kelvin Cheung Over Allegations of Swindling

Mumbai Police Arrests Celebrity-Chef Kelvin Cheung Over Allegations of Swindling

Mumbai Police have arrested celebrity chef Kelvin Cheung on Monday on accusations of cheating the owner of popular seafood restaurant Bastian by around $200,000 (USD). A case was filed against Cheung on December 6. 

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"Cheung was arrested in Delhi and was brought to Mumbai today morning on transit remand. He is being produced in the court in the cheating case,” Somnath Chasker the sub-inspector of Khar police station said. Chasker is also part of the investigation team. 

Officials said Khar Police had registered an FIR (first information report) against Kelvin Cheung and his father Chi Ping Cheung earlier this month under sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) based on the complaint of Ranjit Bindra, the co-owner of Bastian.    

Cheung was reportedly employed at Bindra’s office as a chef for a long time. “While working at the Bandra restaurant, Cheung asked Bindra to invest in popular restaurant franchises in Chicago and Los Angeles with the help of his father. In 2015, the complainant invested USD 200,000 in multiple transactions,” Senior Inspector of Khar Police Station, Gajanan Kabdule said. Officials added that the money was transferred via a hospitality firm. 

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However, Cheung started distancing himself from the restaurant citing his father’s death. Subsequently, the conversations about Bindra’s investments abroad didn’t go well. At this point, Cheung was reportedly ignoring Bindra, which led to the police complaint.

“Recently, Bindra learnt that Cheung has returned to India. He hoped to get his money back, and hence approached police and registered a complaint,” Kabdule said.

Meanwhile, Cheung’s spokesperson has said a statement will soon be released on the new developments. It is said that police are seeking Cheung’s custody for questioning on matters related to financial transactions.

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