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Bharti CEO, 17 others booked in cheating case

Devendra Uppal, Hindustan Times  Hisar, June 19, 2014
First Published: 14:06 IST(19/6/2014) | Last Updated: 14:07 IST(19/6/2014)

Chairman and CEO of Bharti Enterprises Sunil Bharti Mittal and 17 others have been booked by police on charges of cheating clients with higher rates of products, selling expired products and forgery.

Following the complaint by a lawyer, Amit Pruthi, duty magistrate first-class Sohan Lal on Tuesday ordered the station house officer (SHO) at the Civil Lines police station to register a case against the management of ‘Easyday’ outlet in Hisar under Section 156(3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CRPC).

Mittal (owner of Easyday outlets) and 17 others have been booked under sections 273, 420, 467 and 471 of the Indian penal Code (IPC).

Earlier when police failed to register a case in this connection, the complainant sought justice by filing a petition in a local court.

In his complaint, Pruthi stated that after police did not register a case on his complaint, he had to move court to seek justice.

Pruthi stated ‘Easyday’ outlet mentioned a different rate on the products, but charged more than actual rate.

To buttress his claim, Pruthi produced evidence before the court in the form of names of various products, rates mentioned on the products and payment receipts for the products.

He alleged that had filed a complaint with police last month, but the case was not registered.

The lawyer has levelled charges of fraud and cheating against the retail outlet and presented a list of products on which Easyday had charged more than the printed price.

He alleged that it was “a scam worth crores of rupees all over India”.

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