Mohit Goel, the maker of the controversial “Freedom 251” smartphone which turned the discuss of the city final yr, resurfaced on Sunday, saying that if he will get help from the federal government, he can nonetheless ship the handsets by March-April subsequent yr.
Police on Sunday arrested two individuals after Goel, Managing Director of Noida-based Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd which launched the world’s most cost-effective smartphone final yr, filed an FIR in opposition to them for not delivering “Freedom 251” models even after the corporate paid them upfront.
The accused Vikas Sharma, 35, and Jeetu, 40, each residents of Delhi, who allegedly took almost Rs three.5 crore from Ringing Bells for delivering handsets, had been despatched to Dasna jail, Noida’s Superintendent of Police, Metropolis, Arun Kumar Singh informed IANS.
Chatting with IANS over telephone, Goel mentioned, “I paid the duo almost Rs three.5 crore and, in return, they cheated me. They siphoned off the cash and didn’t ship any telephone. In February this yr, some distributors filed a case in opposition to me and I used to be jailed for six months. Now with the recent arrests, folks will come to know why I didn’t ship on my promise.”
Goel lamented that the federal government didn’t come to his help regardless of his dedication to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Begin-up India’ initiative by offering each single Indian citizen with a smartphone.
“The large gamers right this moment have adopted my mannequin and at the moment are giving smartphones in as little as Rs 1,300, like Karbonn. The Jio mannequin for paying Rs 1,500 upfront for a smartphone is analogous. They’ve deep pockets to allow them to afford however why do not folks ask them how they’re making smartphones so low-cost?” he mentioned.
“My distributors did not ship on time and I failed. Our firm’s President Ashok Chadda continues to be languishing in jail. I would like one alternative to come back again clear and supply folks handsets by March-April subsequent yr,” Goel informed IANS, including that he’s not planning the rest in the meanwhile however to give attention to his “Freedom 251” dream.
The corporate in mid-February 2016 had deliberate to ship 2.5 million handsets earlier than June 30, the identical yr. Ringing Bells obtained mammoth — over 70 million– registrations earlier than its cost gateway crashed.
The world’s most cost-effective telephone made a splash throughout the globe, with nearly each massive media home writing concerning the “miracle system”.
After saying that it had delivered 5,000 ‘Freedom 251’ smartphones to clients in July final yr, Ringing Bells mentioned it could ship 65,000 extra to those that had booked the system in money on supply (COD) mode.
However no new numbers had been shared afterward.
Goel was arrested in February this yr after an FIR was filed by Ghaziabad-based distributor Ayam Enterprises, alleging that Ringing Bells defrauded it of Rs 16 lakh.
The Allahabad Excessive Court docket later granted bail to Goel. The court docket had noticed compromise was agreed upon between the events concerned within the case.