By passing an interim injunction in favor of Indiamart – a famous online company in the internet business market, the Delhi High Court has prevented a person, who allegedly deceived the public by impersonating the company’s representative and by providing employment opportunities, to use the trademark ‘Indiamart’ or any other name identical to it.
Judge Pratibha M Singh also ordered the immediate blocking of the https://india-mart.co/ domain name it operated and asked the police to investigate the matter.
“The domain name https://india-mart.co/ will be locked and suspended by the domain name registrar – GoDaddy.com LLC. The status quo will be maintained as to ownership of the domain name. ‘E-mail adress, [email protected] will also be blocked by Accused #3. (GoDaddy.com),“ordered the Court.
Indiamart had sued Khan for illegal and unauthorized adoption and use of its trademark, alleging that he lured gullible people and offered them ‘work from home’ jobs under the ‘Indiamart Data Entry Project’. It was claimed that Khan was offering various plans to the public on payment of an application fee of Rs. 899 and 1199.
The court said it was clear that Khan was “completely passing” and engaged in fraudulent activities by posing as Indiamart’s representative and collecting various sums of money by allegedly offering employment opportunities.
“The website leaves no doubt in the mind of the Court that the entire enterprise of Defendant #1 is in bad faith, dishonest and illegal and also contrary to law,” said the Court.
The Court therefore ordered GoDaddy.com to record details of who registered said domain name and whether it had granted a “privacy feature” request to the domain name holder.
Details regarding the payment received from Khan and any other services offered to him were also requested from GoDaddy.
The Court also ordered the CPA of the Delhi Police Cybercrime Unit to investigate the case and file a status report by the next court date. The officer also assured the court that he would speak with the relevant bank for the immediate freezing of Khan’s bank account.
The lawyer representing the bank also assured the court that the bank account in question would be frozen immediately.
Title: INDIAMART INTERMESH LIMITED c. Mr. SAMEER SAMIM KHAN & ORS.
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