Citizens' Issues
“No, Sir, It’s Not Mine!”
“I swear, I don’t even know her.”
 
We have seen it before. The most recent denials being that of a politician and a footballer. DNA is proving many errant, rich hedonists, to be the lawfully-conceiving paters. Now it’s, “Hi, Dad! Long time, no see.” PS. “What about my inheritance?”
 
Some call a child a creation, God’s gift, even if not legitimate. There are other creations. A letter is one. A cooked dish is a fabulous creation; especially if it’s Mom’s. So is a woven tapestry. A cupboard, a table and the chair. Huts, buildings, castles, towers, magnificent bridges—all are technically ‘creations’.
 
Paintings, as creations, are a constant source of dispute. Except Pablo Picasso, and maybe the self-exiled MF Husain, one hardly remembers an artist making a pile in his lifetime. All masters are usually venerated only after death. That is the time when the legitimacy, or illegitimacy, of their paintings is put to the test. 
 
Not knowing a Constable from a Rembrandt, this writer would be hard-pressed to determine the authenticity of a painting. One has to study brush strokes, chemicals and the type of paint used, the canvas or backing, or some other arcane stuff. These are the tell-tale marks that separate an original from a fake, a copy. Masters’ assistants have been known to duplicate, both style and tools, to create original counterfeits. 
 
You be the judge on this mystery about one such ‘masterpiece’.
 
A painter’s works fetch millions of dollars. One painting is put up for sale by one Robert Fletcher, who claims certain evidence in favour of genuineness. He says that he was a parole officer in the mid-1970s; a convicted man named Peter Doig had painted the art piece in question and that he had seen Doig paint it. 
 
Peter Doig, now famous as a multi-million-dollar artist, refuted all that Fletcher said. He denied that he was ever in jail. He did not use those materials or canvas, in this case, in the 1970s. Moreover, a man named Pete Doige (with the extra ‘e’ in the second name), was in jail at the suggested time and had been painting there. According to Doig, the painting was not his, and he had not sold it to Fletcher for ‘a hundred bucks’. In short, he was not the ‘father’.
 
Before we answer this riddle, it may be wise to consider the alternatives. Doige, the convict, sells a painting to Fletcher while in jail. Did Fletcher know of the similarity in names and thought he could make a few millions after 40 years, by selling a fake? Did Doige, the incarcerated, know of the real Doig and sold canvasses in that name? Was it really a Doig, discarded by the painter in a huff, not happy with the work? Many masters have been known to do that, just as writers tear up page after page. Who, and what, is right?
 
The law has thought of these possibilities and the US has a statute in place. But it was meant to weed out fakes when the artist was dead. Experts, judges and juries were to decide on the validity of claims. Now, here was a man disclaiming ‘paternity’, a man very much alive.
 
The Visual Artists Rights Act allows an artist to prevent the use of his or her name as the author of “any work which has been distorted, mutilated, or modified,” so as not to be prejudicial to the artist’s standing. So, when he says, ‘Not mine’, what are the authorities supposed to do? Does the present owner have a priceless canvas in his hands, or just a piece of cloth?
 
In India, we have procedures to check the authenticity, or otherwise, of signatures. If a person claims a sign, even an ‘X’, as his, it is accepted. If he disputes the signature, 27 samples are taken. They are analysed by the approved forensic laboratory and its report presented to the court, where an almighty battle ensues about the validity of the report itself. Then, what about a painting, or a sculpture, or a showpiece? Whose word is to be taken as the truth and who decides?
 
What if someone, going through ancient manuscripts, found a da Vinci note that said that his student had wasted time on the painting of a woman with a road, a bridge and a volcano behind her? Will the Louvre close down and Paris lose its charm? OMG!
 
The author swears he did not ‘create’ the article above. Wanna prove he did?
 

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QNet: ED attaches assets worth Rs150 crore of Gold Quest
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties worth over Rs150 crore of Chennai-based Gold Quest International Pvt Ltd in connection with a case of money circulation business and cheating public. Gold Quest is the previous avatar of QNet, the multi-level marketing (MLM) company, mired in investigations from several agencies and litigations for duping thousands of people from India. 
 
 
The ED has attached the properties under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Immovable properties of Gold Quest like residential buildings, vacant lands and commercial complexes in Chennai, Madurai, Hyderabad and Mumbai were attached by the agency along with Rs5.3 crore cash, shares and mutual funds of Rs14 crore, deposits of Rs48 crore in various bank accounts and articles of gold and silver worth Rs27 crore.
 
"People who were at the helm of affairs are Pushpam Appalanaidu, K Padma, and Munnawar Ahamed. The financial investigations under PMLA revealed that these people acquired several properties using the crime in the name Gold Quest International, Quest net enterprises, Pallava Resorts and other companies," an official from the ED said.
 
Appalanaidu was known as managing director of QuestNet India, the previous avatar of QNet in the country.
 
Based on various complaints, Tamil Nadu Police registered a case against Gold Quest International in 2009 for cheating the public by selling gold coins and other articles at exorbitant prices projecting the articles as limited edition products with numismatic value.
 
Preliminary enquiries by police revealed that the company had expanded its operations by luring the people towards such articles and huge commissions were paid to the marketing employees.
 
Following police action, both QuestNet and GoldQuest, the multi-level marketing (MLM) companies run by QI group of Malaysia shut shop in 2009. They now call themselves QNet, which is also under the lens and the economic offenses wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police as well as ED are probing the operations of the company.
 
After the police investigation, the Enforcement Directorate stared its probe in 2016. 
 
Earlier, the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) in its detailed ‘secret’ report on GoldQuest International Pvt Ltd and Quest Enterprises India Pvt Ltd has called multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes run by overseas operators as “a potential threat to national security”. (Read: QNet: Secret SFIO report says MLM, Ponzi schemes ‘a threat to national security’ http://www.moneylife.in/article/qnet-secret-sfio-report-says-mlm-ponzi-schemes-lsquoa-threat-to-national-securityrsquo/46817.html)
 
While investigating GoldQuest and QuestNet (previous avatars of QNet), the agency said twice it was provided wrong and fabricated data from the MLM operators. “The investigation did extensive and meticulous data analysis and has brought out clear cut falsification of accounts as both these data referred as old and new data do not match with the figures of the balance sheet. It seems the company has been paying the top of the pyramid promoters (TOPPs) by way of showing as the payments of commissions and getting the money from them apart from also making false entries in the payment of commissions. To avoid detection, the company has tried to mislead the investigations by playing with the data. Thus, the companies are not only conducting an illegal business contumaciously but are also keeping and submitting falsified documents to the regulatory agencies. Their business operations and conduct are thus totally unfair and prejudicial to the public interest. They are also a potential threat to national security as this scheme as well as such types of illegal schemes (eg. SpeakAsia) are being run by overseas operators…,” the SFIO report (seen by Moneylife) says.
 
As Moneylife reported in 2012, QNet, the controversial MLM company, has been luring executives and professionals by promising a weekly income of Rs27.7 lakh. QNet claims that a Diamond Star can earn up to Rs27,73,800 (Rs27.7 lakh) per week while the same for a Platinum Star would be Rs22,39,050 (Rs22.4 lakh) a week.
 
However, the SFIO report simply trashes all such tall claims from the QI group. It says, “As per the data provided by the Managing Director, the GoldQuest and QuestNet sold products for a price of Rs806.15 crore to 2.39 lakh individuals. Out of these, about 50,000 people ever received any amount of commissions. Only about 20,000 were able to get more commission than Rs30,000, the initial amount of investment. So even though people were sold the concept and bought the products as a business opportunity, about 2.20 lakh people have actually lost money”.
 
The SFIO report also exposes the true nature of MLMs like GoldQuest and QuestNet. It says, “The key point here, which is exploited by MLM companies is that they claim to be selling products through the mechanism of direct sales and are not doing enrolment and the commissions are paid for sale of products and not for enrolling members. Thousands of such schemes are rampant across the country as was discovered by Investigation (SFIO) during its work, research and investigation. To prove that a scheme is violating Section 2(c) of (Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978), even though it is claiming that it is not encouraging enrolments, it the point of contention as the companies, in this case, GoldQuest and QuestNet, indulged in a lot of deception to circumvent the eye of the Law enforcement agencies and the Courts.”
 
“…in fact, deception is the key to propagate the pyramid schemes as the newly-to-be recruited person is to be convinced of buying the opportunity (i.e. of earning huge and life changing commissions) rather than of convincing him of buying the product. Here the business opportunity is sold, i.e. of earning huge commissions and the seller gains only through payment of commissions to him by sales to his down lines, which he makes by enrolling more members on his chain. As per maximum limits set by the companies, a person earn maximum of Rs6.90 lakh per week as per the compensation plan. This amounts to Rs3.42 crore per annum per qualified membership. This is the business opportunity on sale. This is hugely alluring and acts as a strong drive to recruit rather than to sell to non-recruits to earn maximum commission,” the investigation report from SFIO says.
 
QNet, the controversial, Hong Kong-based operator uses multiple names for its MLM scheme and GoldQuest, QuestNet, QNet, QI Ltd and QI group are some of its better known names.
 
In February 2014, the ED registered a case under the prevention of money laundering act (PMLA) against QNet, Vihaan Direct Selling, Ferreira and QNet founder Vijay Eswaran and three other independent representatives (IRs) of the MLM operator.
 
According to Gurupreet Singh Anand, a computer consultant from Lokhandawala, Andheri who had filed first information report (FIR) against QNet, the MLM scam may have cost the country about Rs7,000 crore since the money is being remitted abroad.
 

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COMMENTS

sahu

3 weeks ago

Qnet is an non sense, non ethical, unsustainable business. Ban this at all the cost

atul gupta

3 weeks ago

QNET hongkong based MLM company running banned and illegal money circulation scheme since 2001 in india by changing name from Goldquest to Questnet to now QNET through franchisee Vihaan Direct Selling India Private limited, Bangalore duping lakhs of indian investors through its IR trapping friends and relatives in name of Business opportunity as PARTNER and looting money from them by telling them to work as partner in Ecommerce MNC but actually placing them in pyramid scheme of money circulation which is banned in india under prize, chit and money circulation act, 1978. Actual purpose of investment is to engage new person to bring two more person in chain and then those two bring two persons each and this endless chain of bakra making goes on ruining lives, values, relations and hard earned money of Indians. BAN and AVOID QNET, SAVE INDIA!!!!

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atul gupta

In Reply to atul gupta 3 weeks ago


Be ready to fight against QNET/VIHAAN and all your uplines including friend.
Find QNET REFUND PROCESS and COMPLAINT AGAINST QNET procedure as below.
1st Option
If your purchase on product receipts is in INR rupees then with in 30 days of purchase or if your purchase is in USD dollar then with in 7 days you can send email to Qnet customer support for refund otherwise Qnet will deny you refund. Then go to 2nd option which all need to go for even after you get refund to get QNET banned from India and to save our brothers & sisters.
1. Get your IR ID and products receipts first. Both will come to your mail box once your upline register your email id on portal. If email id is given wrong by your friend/upline then first send email to Qnet customer support with copy of Pan Card and ask them to update your email id first. Qnet will confirm you updation of your email id. Then call Qnet support and ask your product purchase details.
2. Send a cancellation mail for both products and IR ID to the support team of QNET with a subject line as "REFUND IN****" provinding all details of transactions and product details.Usually IR number will be like IN4444 and all. Attach scanned PAN CARD and product receipts in the mail to them.
jasvinder.kaur@qnetindia.in
rekha.s@qnetindia.in
jyoti.s@qnetindia.in
Veronika.c@qnetindia.in
support.centre@qnetindia.in
global.support@qnet.net
Eva.sin@qnet.net
3.Once this mail is sent, the support team will create a CRF number and send to Hong Kong team for approvals for the refund request. It will take 20-30 working days for the refund to be processed by Qnet.
4.Meanwhile, mail them or call them on every alternative days for an update. QNET Numbers are :
9900060061,62,64,68-Veronika
9900060605,9148149320Jasvinder
5.Once Refund request is completed ,they ask for the mode of payment. Better go for Money transfer to your account, then you have to send a scanned copy of your cancelled account cheque leaf or bank statement.
6.After 20 working days, you will get your money refunded of the product to your bank account.
7.Rest of money left , you collect from your upline by filing complaint in local police station.

2nd Option
pls all go for 2nd option even if you get money refunded as per option 1 by QNET to ban QNET and save indians.
File written complaint/FIR against your friend and all uplines at local police station and write in complaint that QNET is running money circulation scheme which is banned in india as per prize ,chit and money circulation scheme ,1978. Your uplines will be called by police and they will return you money through QNET or themselves as you can not get refund from Qnet after 30 days are over if products purchased through indian portal and after 7 days if purchased through world portal. Warn your uplines that you are going to file complaint/FIR against them. Besides above process kindly by post or by hand send your complaint to THE DCP, ECONOMIC OFFENSES WING, MANDIR MARG, DELHI also to ban QNET by using format of complaint given below.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByQ-yz2wwceEX3BEV3kxZlNkbDg/view?usp=drivesdk
In your complaint attach uplines photos, mobile numbers, your bank account statement if you transferred money from your account to upline account or cash/DD deposit receipt, pan card, address proof, purchase receipts. Mention in your complaint that meeting took place nearby your home or office otherwise local police will ask you to lodge complaint at police station where actual meeting took place. File complaint at your nearby police station and EOW DELHI both to fight against QNET. Do not sign any affidavit asked by your uplines to give back your money. Follow option 1 or 2 as applicable in your case.

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