Ola Electric’s ANI Technologies Faces ED Scrutiny in Copyright Infringement Case

Navigating Legal Waters – Ola Electric’s ANI Technologies in the Eye of the Storm amid Copyright Controversy


In a recent development, ANI Technologies, the promoter entity of Ola Electric and parent company of Ola Cabs, has come under the radar of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The investigation is linked to a copyright infringement case involving Lahari, a music company that filed an FIR against ANI Technologies for alleged unauthorized use of songs on Ola’s in-car entertainment system, ‘Ola Play,’ without a valid license.


The dispute between Lahari and ANI Technologies initially surfaced when Lahari filed a formal complaint, accusing Ola Electric of playing songs without proper licensing on the ‘Ola Play’ devices. Subsequently, in August 2022, both parties reached an agreement to resolve the matter. However, the ED issued summons to ANI Technologies in December, seeking additional information related to the settlement.

ED’s Investigation:

The Enforcement Directorate’s involvement in the case, as revealed in the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) filed by Ola Electric with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), underscores the seriousness of the allegations. The ED is likely delving into the details of the settlement and examining whether there were any violations that warrant further action.

Consumer Grievance Redressal Commissions:

In addition to the ED investigation, Ola Electric is grappling with a significant challenge on the consumer front. The company finds itself at the center of 169 cases filed before consumer grievance redressal commissions, collectively seeking damages amounting to INR 4.47 Crores. These cases indicate a broader concern among consumers, possibly stemming from the copyright infringement dispute.


As ANI Technologies navigates the ED scrutiny in the copyright infringement case with Lahari, the outcome of the investigation could have far-reaching implications for Ola Electric. The resolution of this legal matter will likely impact not only the company’s financial standing but also its reputation in the market. As stakeholders await further developments, the case serves as a reminder of the legal complexities that can arise in the intersection of technology, entertainment, and intellectual property rights.

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