Raj Kundra who launched Match Indian Poker League (IPL) last year has accused Jackpot fame, Sachiin Joshi of defamation. The complaint stated that Sachiin Joshi wanted to secure franchise for a team in Indian Poker League but he breached the agreement.
In accordance to terms of Team Franchise Agreement, Joshi had agreed to pay 1 crore, GST excluded, the complaint stated. He made the first payment of Rs. 50 lakh, but the second cheque bounced.
While lawyer Madhukar Dalvi has slapped Sachiin with a notice on dishonoured cheque on behalf of Raj Kundra, Sachiin has accused Kundra of ‘rigging’ of the tournament.
The complaint has been filed under IPC sections 500 (punishment for defamation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
Besides Sachiin Joshi, defamation case has also been filed against Manoj Ansari, CMO of Viiking Ventures, Joshi’s company.
In an interview given to Mumbai Mirror, Kundra revealed, “Yes, we have decided to take legal action against Sachiin Joshi. We have terminated him from the Match Indian Poker League for defaulting on payments. His cheque of Rs. 40 lakhs got dishonoured.”
“His team was Goa King’s, he gobbled up publicity but after the event he didn’t reply to my messages, neither did he respond to my calls. I believed him to be a friend, but he left me disappointed,” he asserted.
Responding to these allegations, Manoj Ansari said, “Raj Kundra initiated a poker tournament by the name of Match IPL and around 10 teams were formed. When we got to know that the tournament was rigged, we withdrew our participation and did not sign any agreement.”
“We decided not to pay for this fraudulent tournament. Now, we are pursuing this legally so that we get justice,” he added.
The inception of Match Poker was aimed to reduce the element of luck inherent in traditional forms of poker, ensuring transparency and assuring that the outcome is based on the players’ skills by International Federation of Match Poker.