Reliance Jio moves to Magistrate Court against Bharti Airtel and Ookla

Reliance Jio moved Esplanade's Metropolitan Magistrate with a complaint alleging that Bharti Airtel is running advertisements showing Airtel as 'India's fastest network'.

As per reports from The Economic Times, Jio has complained against Sunil Mittal's Bharti Airtel of conspiracy leading to defamation and breach of trust. Ookla, a global broadband tester, acquired by Ziff Davis a digital media company has also been mentioned in the complaint. However, Airtel in an emailed statement to ET, denied receiving any such complaints.

Jio has asked for a trial under section 204, 406, 420, 465, 499, and 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). And if the allegations are proved, both the companies could face a hefty fine and the people responsible see imprisonment for a few years.

Earlier in March, Jio had lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) against Ookla. Jio, a new entrant in the telecom race, had served a legal notice to Ookla and termed it as a 'flawed tester'. The flaw mentioned in the petition is that the application assigns the speeds to the SIM designated as the primary SIM for making calls, even if the settings on the phone require another SIM to be used for mobile data.

ASCI had asked Airtel to modify its claims by 11 April. As per Jio's complaints there have been no modifications as yet. Other charges on Ookla include, selling its speed test certification for $120,000, or even more as commission for promotional interests.

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Published Date: Jul 16, 2017 11:22 AM | Updated Date: Jul 16, 2017 11:22 AM