Bengaluru: Around 26 vendors of a telecom infrastructure company Viom Networks are up in arms against the management for not paying dues to the tune of Rs 5 crore over the last eight months. However when they went to lodge a police complaint, they were shocked to learn that they have all been listed as accused in an FIR registered by the management.
The company had accused four of its employees for misappropriation of funds in collusion with the vendors. The FIR was registered by the company management eight months ago. Viom Networks is a telecom tower operator company that outsources its civil, electrical and mounting jobs to its vendors.
Around seven to 10 aggrieved vendors who had knocked the doors of Koramangala police station to register a cheating complaint against the company heads were shocked to learn that there was already an FIR registered against them.
“I have been one among the vendors who invested Rs 1.12 crore and it’s been eight months since I got my payment back. I have to pay salary to my employees,” said Mohan one of the vendors.
Eshwar Naidu, another vendor who had invested Rs 37 lakh, said, “The company is still getting revenue from the infrastructure that we have built for them, but they wouldn’t pay us for our materials and labour. Now they have included our names in the FIR that we have colluded with the company staff who did the fund misappropriation.”
“It’s been eight months, and if we were at fault, the police should have taken action against us. Let the police investigate thoroughly into who ate the money. We have lodged a complaint against the company heads including the local office and the corporate office heads at the Koramangala police station and they have promised swift action,” said Lava Kumar, another vendor, who had invested Rs 1.40 crore....