Actor Shaad Randhawa, nephew of Dara Singh, has been booked by the Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Marg police station in Bombay for allegedly forging documents to get foreign liquor licence for his restaurant, Bayroute, at Cuffe Parade in Bombay. The police acted on a complaint by one Ruzbeh Raja who said that the property housing the restaurant was owned by his grandfather and that it had been given on rent under the pagdi system, regulated under the Maharashtra Rent Control Act, 1999.
The tenant before Shaad was Sardar Singh Randhawa who used to run Gossip Corner restaurant there. When he died in 2013, Shaad allegedly told Ruzbeh that he’d get an NOC from his mother and sister as he was the legal heir after his father. However, the NOC was not submitted to Ruzbeh or to the authorities — and without that, the liquor licence could not be renewed or issued in the name of Bayroute, Ruzbeh alleged.
An RTI query in December 2018 revealed that Shaad had submitted fake NOC and rent receipts to get the liquor licence. A case of forgery, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property under the IPC was registered against Shaad. On his part, Shaad denied doing anything illegally. He, in fact, blamed Ruzbeh of falsely projecting himself as the landlord.