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E-scooter lands engineering student in trouble

The eco-friendly electric scooter unveiled by V.R. Manikandan, a Mechanical Engineering student, on February 18 ran into trouble even before it could be developed to the next stage as a Chennai-based company filed a complaint against him for committing criminal breach of trust.

As Mr. Manikandan claimed that he had developed “Radham”, the scooter, and demonstrated its prowess at Manamadurai, P.J. Anoop Nishanth, who owned Maxx Speed Designs (MSD), filed a complaint with Sivaganga Superintendent of Police Ashwin M Kotnis on February 20, alleging that Mr. Manikandan had stolen his product and showcased it as his own.

After police registered a case against him under Sections 420, 406 and 345 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on February 20, Mr. Manikandan returned the bike to Nishant the next day, the police said.

The SP said preliminary enquiries revealed that Mr. Manikandan had developed the scooter but the project was fully funded by MSD, to the tune of Rs. 18 lakh. Mr. Manikandan claiming ownership for the bike amounted to cheating, the SP said, adding he was free to fight for his intellectual rights before the appropriate forum.

Mr. Nishant said he was a postgraduate in Automotive Design and worked as an industrial designer with India Japan Lighting in TVS Group before he floated MSD. He was developing an electric scooter in August 2013, when he was introduced to Mr. Manikandan, who was also interested in automotive innovations.

Later, Mr. Manikandan started working with him in developing the electric scooter, periodically visiting his Chennai unit.

After the prototype of the electric scooter was made ready by him, Mr. Manikandan suggested that the road test could be conducted in Manamadurai and took the prototype vehicle.

Meanwhile, he started Meaben Motors Private Limited and included Mr. Manikandan as one of the directors, but they ran into trouble over equity shares issue, he said in the complaint.

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