Uber alleges Ola is trying to sabotage its business using fake accounts


New Delhi: Uber has approached the Delhi high court alleging that rival Ola is trying to hurt its business.

Its case is that Ola’s employees are creating fake accounts which have been used to book and make cancellations on Uber’s platform leading to loss of revenue to the company.

Ola’s counsel denied the allegations in court.

Justice Vipin Sanghi who was hearing the matter issued notices to both ANI Technologies (Ola cabs) and Synergy (Taxiforsure, which was acquired by Ola) asking for replies to be filed before the next date. Ola’s statement denying all allegations was also recorded.

“Large number of fake accounts are being created by Ola which are then used to make false booking and cancellations using our application. This keeps our drivers busy and we have to bear the cancellation charges.” Rajiv Nayyar, counsel for Uber India told the court.

Such false cancellation roughly amounted to 8-10℅ of its total bookings, Uber added.

“Over 50,000 fake cancellations have been made between August and March, 2016.” Nayyar said.

Ola cabs told the court that it has not done anything to interfere with Uber’s operations. This statement was made by advocate, Sanjeev Sethi and was recorded by the court.

Ola claims that Uber’s charge is a media gimmick.

The matter will next be heard on 14 September.