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Three other Flipkart officials have been named in the FIR.
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Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, the founders of Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart, have been accused of cheating a Bengaluru-based businessman of Rs 9.96 crore.

Besides the Bansals (who are not related), three other officials of the e-tailor have been named in the FIR dated November 21, filed at the Indiranagar police station.

Hari, Sumit Anand and Sharauqe are the other accused named in the FIR. Hari is the sales director at Flipkart while Sumit Anand and Sharauqe are accounts managers of the company.

The case has been filed under Sections 34 (common intent), 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to the FIR, 33-year-old Naveen Kumar, owner of C-Store had entered into an agreement with Flipkart to supply laptops from June 2015 to June 2016 for its Big Billion Days campaign. Naveen claimed that he had supplied 14,000 laptops to Flipkart based on the agreement.

The FIR states that Flipkart gave back 1,482 units to C-Store, but the latter claimed that Flipkart had returned 3,091 units. Naveen claimed that Flipkart did not pay shipping charges and TDS for the remaining 1,609 products and was cheated to the tune of Rs 9,96,21,419.

At the time of writing, Flipkart had not yet responded to these allegations.

In April this year, a Bengaluru court had directed registration of a cheating case against the owners of Snapdeal, another leading online shopping portal. A Bengaluru court had ordered a case to be filed against Jasper InfoTech Pvt Ltd, the company which owns Snapdeal and its CEO and founder Kunal Bahl.

The court was then acting on a private complaint filed by one Bengaluru-based events management company. The company alleged that Snapdeal dishonoured a contract and it had moved court after the police refused to register an FIR.