Early this year, a buzz was made in the Indian market as a new company called as Ringing Bells Private Limited had announced a phone dubbed as Freedom 251 in India at the promotional price of Rs. 251 claiming it to be the world’s cheapest smartphone. Now after a few months, the smartphone makers are called to the Delhi court in a Rs 2 Crore Cheque bounce case which has been filed by a private firm.
The accused – M/s Ringing Pvt Ltd, its Managing Directors Anmol Goel and Sumit Goel, CEO Dhaarna Goel, and President Ashok Chaddha have been called to the court on a complaint filed by M/s Aryan Infratech Pvt LTD. The order states that the accused had failed to pay the amount even after sending the legal notice when the check got dishonored. Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria noted the same. Ringing Bells planned to sell 5 million phones initially and took booking for 30,000 units at a price of Rs. 251 for each unit. It was also claimed that they took a booking of Rs. 17.5 Million which was pre-paid by the customers. Later the company promised to provide a refund to the customers who pre-booked with them.
“There is sufficient material available on record to summon all the accused. Therefore, a prima facie case punishable under section 138 Negotiable Instrument Act. Issue summons to all the accused,” the court said while posting the matter for April 28 for the next hearing.
According to the complaint, the accused had issued a cheque in favor of the complainant firm AIPL towards discharge of their liability. However, it was returned by the bank on October 28 due to “insufficient funds”.
The Freedom 251 was expected to launch with basic functionalities like 4-inch display on a qHD IPS Panel and a 3.2MP AF Rear Camera along with a 0.3MP Front Camera. Under the hood, it had a 1.3GHz Quad-core processor and also came with 8GB of internal storage which could be extended up to a maximum of 32GB via microSD card. It was supposed to come out of the box with Android 5.1 Lollipop and 1450mAh battery.
Due to insufficient funds the, the check was dishonored and a complained was filed against the firm. RBPL starting selling the Freedom 251 handsets via its website in February but to some controversies, it couldn’t happen. In fact, a few weeks ago we had heard that the brand is going to start shipping the phones though we never got to hear about any actual deliveries and as usual we recommend our readers to stay away from these deals. We had earlier shared a detailed story on why you should avoid this phone and most of our expectations are coming out to be true. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more similar and interesting news around this brand.