A businessman has lodged an FIR against e-commerce giant Flipkart co-founders Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal and three employees of the company for allegedly cheating of Rs 9.96 crore by not clearing the dues the company owed him towards 12,500 laptops he had supplied.
Naveen Kumar, owner of Indiranagar-based C-Store Company, in a complaint on Nov 21 stated that he had entered into a contract with Flipkart to supply laptops and other electronic goods, and had supplied 14,000 laptops to the company between June 2015 and June 2016 for its Big Billion Day sale.
But Flipkart returned 1,482 units but did not pay for the remaining units. TDS and shipping charges for those units too were not paid. When asked to clear the dues, Flipkart falsely claimed it had returned 3,901 units. By not clearing the dues, they have cheated me to the tune of Rs 9,96,21,419, outlined the FIR copy.
Along with Bansals, sales director Hari, accounts managers Sumit Anand and Sharauque among other employees have been named in the FIR. The complaint was lodged with Indiranagar police. The police said that a case has been registered under IPC sections 34 (common intent), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating), and a probe was on.
Flipkart’s legal wrangle
This is not the first instance where online portal found itself in a legal wrangle. Earlier in April 2015, a consumer claimed of getting fake JBL wireless speaker on Flipkart.
In June 2016, the Malabar Hill police in Mumbai have registered a case of cheating against Flipkart for delivering a bar of soap to a customer who had ordered a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Besides, in May last year, Traders’ body the Confederation of All-India Traders (CAIT) registered a complaint with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) alleging a violation of foreign direct investment (FDI) norms for e-commerce by online retail major Flipkart. It was related to an advertisement in the newspapers announcing the sale of an item together with its discounted price to be available on its platform.