Punjab cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were recently involved in Pearl Group scam where they allegedly received plots as gifts in Mohali which were seized by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 14. On January 20, Yuvraj Singh has come on social media account, Facebook, to clarify about the scam on them stating:”Just to clarify about a baseless and irresponsible report from a certain section of the media on me and Harbhajan. Pearl group informed us to gift a plot as part of world cup winning team in 2011. However we have not received that plot. We have no other involvement.” ALSO READ: Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh’s property to go under scanner
The company has been recently accused of Ponzi scheme based on which CBI asked to probe a list of celebrities from both silver screen as well sports having connection to the group. The list included Yuvraj and Harbhajan’s name amongst those who received gifts from the group. Four of the top administrators of Pearl Group were arrested following a warrant issued by Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh on January 9 in Rs 45000 crore scam. The director of the group Mr. Nirmal Singh Bhangoo was arrested as well.
Yuvraj’s mother, Shabnam Singh spoke to India Today and mentioned her family was not involved in the scam, “Pearl Group informed us to gift a plot as part of World Cup winning team in 2011. However, we have not received that plot. We have no other involvement whatsoever with Pearl Group.” Pearl Group has long been associated with the game of cricket. They had signed former Australia pacer Brett Lee as their brand ambassador. The group was one of the main sponsors for an Indian Premier League (IPL) group in the past and also sponsored West Indies vs India series in the year 2011.
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