Allahabad HC grants interim relief to Ringing Bells principals in cheating case

By Prasid Banerjee | Published on 30 Mar 2016
Allahabad HC grants interim relief to Ringing Bells principals in cheating case

The case had been filed by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code.


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The Allahabad High Court today granted interim relief to Ringing Bells, the company that created the world’s cheapest smartphone. The Freedom 251 manufacturer has been under scrutiny ever since it first announced the device. Recently, BJP MP, Kirit Somaiya, had filed a case against the company, under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code. The company had then said that it would cooperate with all investigations. ““We remain committed to cooperate with any government agency that may need to inquire our organisation for any reason or suspicion. We have already done so with authorities/agencies that have so required,” said Managing Director, Mohit Goel.

Further, Goel, along with Ashok Chadha and Dharna Garg, the two other principals of Ringing Bells, had filed a Criminal Write Petition in order to quash the FIR filed by BJP MP Somaiya. The court today granted interim relief to the three, with a Division Bench of Hon’ble Justice B.K. Narayan and Justice Shashi Kant, ordering the State Government of Uttar Pradesh to furnish a status report (on urgent basis) by April 5. The court also directed that no coercive steps shall be taken against the three accused till that time.

Goel, Chadha and Garg have been directed to submit their passports to the SSP, Noida, within 24 hours. According to Advocate Abhishek Vikram, appearing on behalf of Ringing Bells, the three will fully comply with the orders of the court, and their passports will be provided to the investigation agency.

Mohit Goel, Director, Ringing Bells Private Limited, said, “We have nothing to hide. We are committed to affordable smartphones to people of this country and we shall achieve that. We will stick to fair practices and comply with regulations of our great country.”

Ringing Bells’ business has been under scrutiny by various bodies. The company though has always maintained that it has nothing to hide and will be delivering the smartphones at the original price tag of Rs. 251.

Prasid Banerjee

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