New Delhi, Jun 4 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today granted interim bail for 60 days to Mohit Goyal, the founder of Freedom 251, who came into limelight by bringing a scheme to give smart phones for just Rs 251.
The Division Bench of Justice B R Gavai and Justice Krishna Murari issued notice to the State Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Commissioner of Police in a petition filed by Goyal, accused of fraud of Rs 200 crore in the dry fruits business.
Mohit sought Interim Bail on the grounds that his three-year daughter needs treatment. He submitted before the Court that his three-year-old daughter has spinal abscess and the surgery is going to be conducted on June 8. He also placed the medical report of his daughter before the Court.
Counsel of Mohit, Senior Advocate Shyam Divan, submitted that there are 11 First Information Reports registered in the said fraud, but Mohit has not been named in nine of the FIRs.
The primary allegation on Mohit was by a Dubai based Dry Fruits and Spices exporter, but he has no connection with them. The FIRs were counter blast against Mohit, Senior Advocate Shyam Divan said and further submitted that Mohit had already spent five months in jail so he should be granted bail.
Goyal and his associates formed a company that used to buy dry fruits at expensive prices, but after doing business with traders for some time, they stopped placing orders. In many cases, the cheques got bounced.
In 2017, Mohit Goyal made headlines in the country by coming up with the Freedom Phone scheme, in which the phone was made available for Rs 251, although that phone was never received by anyone.
The Court granted interim bail to Mohit and sent notice to the concerned authorities asking them to file their reply within six weeks. ILNS/DS/RJ/SNG