A case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy has been lodged against Hero Motocorp and its senior officials on a Delhi court order for allegedly colluding with each other to wrongfully terminate a contract with a firm providing labour to the two-wheeler manufacturer.
The court passed the order saying that "prima facie" the offences appear to be made out against 11 persons, including the company's Managing Director Pawan Munjal.
"From the facts of the case, prima facie cognisable offences appears to be made out against the accused persons and police investigation is required to determine the genuineness of the allegations levelled.
"Accordingly, Station House Officer of Police Station Shakarpur is directed to register an FIR and conduct proper investigation of this case. However, the investigating officer is not bound to arrest the accused persons until some credible evidence is found against them," Metropolitan Magistrate A K Aggarwal said.
The magistrate's order came on the plea of a Delhi-based businessman whose firm, Brains Logistics Pvt Ltd, had a contract with Hero Motocorp to provide it manpower and to manage warehousing operations of its spare parts division.
The businessman, Roop Darshan Pandey, in his plea had sought lodging of an FIR against Munjal and others for allegedly colluding with each other to wrongfully end his contract and accused them of usurping around 550 of his employees.
The other accused include the owner and manager of another firm, who allegedly colluded with the Hero Motocorp officials in this regard.
In its status report, the police had said no offence, as alleged by Pandey, had been committed and the matter was purely civil in nature.
However, the court on January 4 ordered that a probe in the matter was required and directed lodging of FIR against the accused.
Subsequently, the very same day Delhi police had lodged an FIR against all the accused under sections 420 (cheating), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 468 (forgery for cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 467 (forgery of security), and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code.