NEW DELHI: Ringing Bells, makers of the world’s cheapest smartphone, has come under the scanner of excise and income tax departments as debates around the feasibility of offering a Rs 251 handset rages on.
According to the sources, the I-T department is looking into the financial structure of the Noida-based company and have obtained documents, including those from the Registrar of Companies (RoC), in this regard.
“Yes, there was a visit from excise department and I-T department. Since we are planning to achieve milestones under Make in India, Skill India and Startup India. They issued us some guidelines for future and extended full support and cooperation,” Ringing Bells president Ashok Chaddha said in a statement.
Earlier this week, Ringing Bells launched the world’s cheapest smartphone for Rs 251 amid great fanfare.
However, the celebrations haven’t lasted long as the firm was surrounded in controversy around showcasing a rival company, Adcom’s handset, as its own.
Chaddha clarified that “it wanted to show a sample or prototype of what the handsets will look like. This is not the final piece.”
The industry members have also complained against the company to the Telecom Ministry to dig deeper into the issue.