Metta, Ravi Kumar

Publication Date
8 December 2020
Case Reference
186056
Procedure
Prohibition
Adjudicated Party
Metta, Ravi Kumar
Service Type
Not relevant
Tribunal's final assessment
Sanctions
4.8.3 (g) Sanctions
Breaches raised
Summary

The Tribunal was asked to consider imposing a prohibition against Mr Ravi Kumar Matta pursuant to paragraph 4.8.3(g) of the Code.

The case related to an adjudication against the Level 2 provider, Itech Logic Ltd, (‘the Level 2 provider’), which was heard on 25 and 30 March 2020 (case reference: 165797). The adjudication against Itech Logic Ltd concerned a quiz competition service which operated under the five brand names ‘txtwinner’, ‘voucher.me’, ‘britsms’, ‘smsunltd’ and ‘txtintl’. As part of the adjudication against the Level 2 provider, the Tribunal recommended that the Executive considers initiating the process which may lead to the prohibition of Mr Metta pursuant to paragraph 4.8.3(g) of the Code.

Considering all of the facts of the case, including the severity of the breaches that had been upheld by the previous Tribunal, the Tribunal decided that a five-year prohibition was both proportionate and appropriate. It considered that Mr Metta had engaged in the process, albeit his engagement was not always an honest engagement. The Tribunal was not, however, satisfied that the case fell into an exceptional category which would justify imposing a longer period of prohibition which the Executive had recommended. The Tribunal considered that a prohibition of five years was appropriate and proportionate and would protect consumers from similar conduct. 

Administrative charge recommendation: 100%