Freedom 251 smartphone: Noida police register FIR against Ringing Bells owner

Noida Police has registered a case of cheating against the owner of Ringing Bells who had offered to sell the world's cheapest smartphone

By: PTI | Noida | Updated: March 28, 2016 2:46 pm
A file picture of Freedom 251 during its February 17 launch in New Delhi (Source: Shruti Dhapola) A file picture of Freedom 251 during its February 17 launch in New Delhi (Source: Shruti Dhapola)

Noida Police has registered a case of cheating against the owner of Ringing Bells who had offered to sell the world’s cheapest smartphone following a complaint filed by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya.

The police registered the case under Section 420 (cheating) of IPC and the IT Act on Tuesday. The owner of Ringing Bells Mohit Goel and company president Ashok Chaddha have been named in the FIR, police said.

Ringing Bells had recently offered with much fanfare a smartphone, named Freedom 251, at just Rs 251 and claimed it to be the cheapest smartphone.

Watch: All You Need to Know About Freedom 251

But Somaiya, in his complaint, said it was not possible to manufacture a smartphone at Rs 251 and the owner of the company was fooling the people. “Primary investigation found the matter fit for FIR. A case has been lodged and a team has been constituted to investigate the case,” SSP, S Kiran said.

“We have asked the company to submit documents required for the investigation,” said DSP Anup Singh.

The firm said it is ready to cooperate with the police.

“We remain committed to cooperating with any government agency that may require inquiring our organisation for any reason or suspicion.

“I do maintain that we will deliver the most-affordable quality products to our customers through our various range of smartphones, including the Freedom 251,” Mohit Goel said.

In a statement, Ringing Bells Managing Director Mohit Goel said, “In Freedom 251, as presented to several authorities and agencies, and explained at our various forums, we are able to price our product at lower than production cost due to innovative e-commerce cross promotions and we will complete delivery of the quantities as committed by June 30, 2016.”

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    Freedom.scary
    Mar 26, 2016 at 11:00 am
    That BJP scoundrel was asked to file a complaint by his investments in compeors. Why not file a case on TATA motors for that KRAP CAR, what's its name again?
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      Seshan
      Mar 26, 2016 at 10:57 am
      India is DOOMED. Some frivolous charge on a company? And those human wastes of BJP talk about development? AFTER THREE YEARS, THEY ARE GOING TO RUN FOR THEIR LIFE.
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        Freedom fighter
        Mar 26, 2016 at 1:23 pm
        It was a nice step taken to get the original details about the freedom 251. I agree with the BJP leader.
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          shakeel
          Mar 26, 2016 at 7:58 am
          Like pheku govt this company is also pheku
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            Fantasy
            Mar 28, 2016 at 3:27 am
            Good step to investigate the company that claimed to sell it at much cheaper price without showing any technological breakthrough.lt;br/gt;Tata showed how they managed to substantially bring down the price of the nano but these people do not even know anything about phone.
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              Rajendra Tiwari
              Mar 28, 2016 at 3:58 am
              That Krap car is helping thousands to travel for daily needs. If you have not used anything then do not comment on it.
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