Despite Freedom 251's attractive package and the smartphone making a huge splash across the globe, appearing in every media house writing as the "miracle device", it might have been the biggest tech disappointment of 2016.
Now in another instance, the claimed manufacturers of 'Freedom 251′, have been summoned by a Delhi court in a Rs two-crore cheque bounce case filed by a private firm.
The court has authoritatively called the accused, Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd (RBPL), its authorized signatory and Managing Director Mohit Goel, its Directors Anmol Goel and Sumit Goel, CEO Dhaarna Goel and President Ashok Chaddha to be present at the court. The complaint has been filed by M/s Aryan Infratech Pvt Ltd (AIPL).
It has been brought to light by Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria that even after the legal notice was sent to the accused when the cheque bounced the company failed to pay the amount.
As such, the court said that adequate materials have been made available on record to summon all the accused. While posting the matter for April 28 for the next hearing the court added that a prima facie case punishable under section 138 Negotiable Instrument Act....Issue will be registered which beckons all the accused to be present at the court.
According to the complaint, Freedom 251 manufacturers had issued a cheque in favour of the complainant firm AIPL towards discharge of their liability. However, the check was returned by the bank on October 28 due to "insufficient funds".
Hence while this was a matter of some urgency and involved a large sum, AIPL sent a legal notice to the accused but the payment did not happen and AIPL approached the court. As per the developments, AIPL has sought prosecution of the firm and its office bearers and payment of the amount along with compensation.
Ringing Bells was already in a controversy with its launch of Freedom 251 with some alleging it to be a scam and now the company seems to be in the soup again.