The owner of the auctioneers book selling website and auctioneers auction house, Hansons auction, has been accused of illegally selling tickets to private parties and even organising private parties.
The Delhi High Court has ordered Hansons to pay Rs 6.7 crore in compensation to four people and another Rs 7.6 crore to five persons, who had alleged that they were cheated.
The four men, identified as Virender, Vijay, Ashok and Ashish, alleged that Hansons was giving them tickets for private parties at an auction.
The accused, who were seeking damages of Rs 1.25 crore, had sought Rs 5.5 crore from Hansons.
They alleged that tickets were sold to the public in violation of the Right to Information Act.
Hansons has said that it is not possible to respond to the complaints on the ground that they have not yet been investigated.
Hansson, who is the owner of Hansons auctions, denied the allegations.
“Hansens auctioneers are not registered and cannot conduct any auctions, which are conducted by our employees,” he said in a statement.
“We have not received any complaint from the accused.
If we received any such complaint, we would investigate the matter.”
The allegations against Hansons came to light after a complaint was lodged by one of the complainants.
The complainant, who was also an employee of Hansson, alleged he was given tickets to meet celebrities at a private party at the auction house.
The accused said he was told the tickets were for entertainment.
The complaint has also alleged that the tickets did not come with any security.
Hanskas is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a member on the board of Hanses auctions.
Hansons has denied any wrongdoing and said it is “extremely disappointing” that the issue of the tickets is being raised.