Flipkart accused of cheating; businessman files FIR against Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal, others

Bengaluru: A first investigation report has been lodged against Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal and a few other company officials for allegedly “cheating” a businessman to the tune of Rs 9.96 crore, police said on Monday. Flipkart, however, dismissed as “false and baseless” the complaint by the businessman.

The cheating case pertains to “non-payment” of dues by Flipkart to C-Store Company for laptops it supplied, officials at the Indiranagar police station said. They said an FIR has been registered against Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (not related) and a couple of company officials, based on the complaint by C-Store Company’s Naveen Kumar.

In a statement, Flipkart contended the complaint was “false and baseless”, and denied “all the allegations and averments made in the FIR in entirety”.

 Flipkart accused of cheating; businessman files FIR against Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal, others

Flipkart co-founders Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal

"Flipkart is exploring all available legal possibilities to safeguard its interests, including but not limited to initiating proceedings for defamation against the complainant. The FIR appears to be nothing but an endeavour to harass and pressurise the company to succumb to baseless demands,” Flipkart said.

According to the complaint, C-Store had entered into a contract with Flipkart for supply of laptops along with other electronic goods for its sale, and had supplied about 14,000 laptops, police said.

Flipkart, which returned about 1,480 units, did not pay for the remaining, the complainant said, adding that the other charges, including shipping, had also not been paid.

The complaint alleges that there has been cheating to the tune of Rs 9.96 crore, police said.

A case has been registered under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including those related to cheating and criminal breach of trust, an official involved in the investigation said.

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Updated Date: Nov 28, 2017 08:52:29 IST