New Delhi: Datawind, maker of world’s cheapest tablet Aakash, has sent a legal notice to Indian Cellular Association (ICA) for offending the UK-based firm, and issuing statements harming commercial interests of the company.
Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli said that “We have sent a legal notice to them for spreading false reports against us in the media and in government meetings including places such as the department of IT.”
In its first press conference after the launch of Aakash tablet, Tuli said that it’s some local tablet makers, who lost the Aakash-I tender to Datawind who are spreading offensive statements.
Indian Cellular Association president Pankaj Mohindroo confirms that he has gets a legal notice from Datawind. “The legal notice is baseless. As an association we get invited to consult government on various issues. It’s our duty to advice the government what is in best interests of the country and its visionary Aakash project,” Mohindroo said.
“There are concerning 40 tablet makers in the market today. Just 7-8 of them are our members,” he added.
In a conference on Friday, Tuli said that he would share with the media details of wire-transfer payments to Quad. Datawind has called a further conference next week, to announce the launch of Ubislate-II as its latest supplier ecosystem.
A Quad official told that Datawind paid it for only 1500 tablets, while the contract was for 50,000 tablets, for which the company purchased the inventory. Quad said that the responsibility lies on Datawind to honour their letter of credit, as eventually it is the paying party.
On other hand, Tuli also accused IIT-Rajasthan of back stabbing it by signing a MoU with its supplier Quad. Tuli said that “IIT Rajasthan created a limited tender, engaged our suppliers and circumvented Datawind.”
MHRD’s Aakash project is now shifting to IIT Bombay, which is in the process of issuing a latest purchase order for 1 lakh upgraded units.
Datawind said that “They will come up with a new test criterion. We plan to supply Aakash-II in May, once IIT Bombay approves tested devices.”