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QNet multi-level marketing (MLM) scam : Probe role of Bollywood stars

Gurupreet Singh Anand, the original complainant in the QNet multi-level marketing (MLM) scam has demanded a detailed probe of the role played by Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Anil Kapoor, Boman Irani and Pooja Hegde in promoting the company.


“As per the reports of the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO), activities of the QI group have become a threat to the nation’s security and hence the involvement of the big names who are directly or indirectly helping this company in its anti-national acts of money laundering cannot be ignored any longer as otherwise the Indian economy will be severely crippled,” he said while addressing the press in Mumbai.


Some people, allegedly independent representatives (IRs) of QNet turned up and tried to disrupt the press conference called by Anand at the Press Club. However, they were moved out from the venue when Police came following request from Anand.



According to Anand, who had filed a complaint to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police for probing role of Bollywood celebrities, the main mastermind of this decade old scam and QI group chief Vijay Eswaran resides in Malaysia and is shown as absconding in the charge sheet filed by the CB-CID at Chennai. However, earlier this month, Eswaran as well QNet’s other absconding officials were present in the company’s annual meet VCon, held between 3rd to 7 May 2016 at Penang city in Malaysia along with actor and producer Anil Kapoor, he added.


Anand said, “The actor (Kapoor) went further and clicked photographs with QNet chief Vijay Eswaran, who is prime accused in the first information report (FIR) filed at Mumbai and Tamil Nadu Goldquest case, Pathman Senathirajah, another accused, Sathi Senathirajah, Zaheer Merchant-Legal Head, and Dev Wadhwani. The more disturbing part was that his pictures with Infinity (one of the most aggressive team of QNet IRs in India) founders Wadhwani, an absconding accused and Sachin Gupta, who is also absconding in the Mumbai EOW case, were found to be circulating in social media by Indian and other independent representatives (IRs) of QNet. The SFIO, in its secret report has termed GoldQuest and QuestNet companies as ‘a potential threat to national security’ and yet we find Bollywood actor Mr Kapoor’s photos with absconding criminals.”



“In spite of having complete and full knowledge of background of the company, Mr Kapoor went one step ahead and posted a tweet through his personal account, which is followed by one million people. His pictures, statements were quickly circulated through social media by the company’s official PR (linked here ) and by thousands of Indian IRs so as to drive home the point that the business of the company was legal in India,” Anand said.




According to Anand, another Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was brand ambassador of QIComm of UK, which is a unit of QI group. “Videos of the brand endorsement are still being circulated by QNet representatives to cheat Indians. The videos are all available on YouTube , which were shared with me by an investigating agency. However, there is still no action or investigation in this matter. Incidentally, QIComm has been recently declared as bankrupt by the UK government,” he added.


Anand said, “I have been informed that high volume cash transactions caught across the borders of UK were actually proceeds out of recruiting new people under the QNet scan and since QNet is not officially operating in UK, the proceeds were being laundered through QIComm. This UK company had been offering various sham and bogus products online. One such product is called In-Voice, which enables the buyers to use VOIP protocol to make international calls using the Internet. Many people in India were sold these products though QIComm. QNET or Vihaan do not hold any valid license to offer international calling services from India. These companies have not only cheated Indians using the name of Shah Rukh Khan but also compromised on the national security of our country.”


“The details of monetary transactions between actor Shah Rukh Khan and QIComm for advertising and promoting the company’s products must be investigated,” Anand demanded.


Similarly, another Bollywood actor Aamir Khan was shown on a Facebook post shared on QNet’s official page along with Mark Ferreira, son of Michael Ferreira, another accused in the case. One Parth Parikh, who shared this photo has stated under the photo, “Hurrey we signed Aamir Khan in our business. Let rock xxx”.


Earlier, Anand, the first informant in the QNet case, had filed a complaint against Bollywood actor Boman Irani and his son for allegedly aiding and abetting the scam in India. In his complaint, Anand had provided details like training conducted by Mr Irani at Khandala. (Read more QNet: Complaint filed against actor Boman Irani and his son)
However, Anand says, despite his detailed complaint, there was no action taken by Mumbai Police. “As per my information he (Mr Irani) has not been sent any notice for an enquiry or investigation and such a failure of the EOW, indirectly indicates that, the so called celebrities with connections, involved in this scam are above the law and beyond prosecution from Mumbai Police. The said fact has been used to lure more and more innocent people into this QNet scam and thereby launder thousands of crores out of India,” he added.
Anand also highlighted the involvement of another actor Pooja Hegde in the QNet scam. Pooja is daughter of Latha and Manjunath (MS) Hegde. In August 2013, the EOW had arrested Bandra-based Manjunath Hedge for cheating in the QNet case.
He said, “Pooja Hegde is a top up line, a member of In-service team of QNet. She attended VCon in 2013 held in Malaysia and we have video evidence of her presence at the event along with her own updates on Twitter about QnetVcon2013.”
“I sincerely request the investigation agencies and government authorities to investigate and take action against the abovementioned personalities so as to find out how much money from the proceeds of crime has had made way into Bollywood directly or indirectly. Also they should probe on how names of these actors have been used to cheat lakhs of people into this illegal money circulation scheme and launder thousands of crores out of India. A special investigation team (SIT) was to be set up but there is no further development on this. Unless strict investigation and action is taken against such people however big and influential they maybe, these kinds of scams will not stop in our country and it is high time that we stop it,” Anand concluded.

Separately, police on Tuesday arrested Ram Singh, one of the top most leader of QNet from Bengaluru. Singh was brought to Mumbai and remanded to five days of police custody by the Sessions Court.


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