Speak Asia says cannot send surveys as server is in police custody!
Moneylife Digital Team 03 August 2011

After the arrest of its COO, Speak Asia is shedding 'crocodile tears' saying it cannot send surveys to its panellist from this week as its server has been taken over by the Economic Offences Wing of the police. The MLM company is now also unofficially talking about an exit option for panellists

Speak Asia, the troubled multi-level marketing (MLM) company, continues to spread false promises through other sites associated and maintained by its panellists. Following the arrest of its chief operating officer (COO) Tarak Bajpai by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police, the company is now trying to put the blame the police for 'not being able to send surveys' to its panellists. It also is talking about providing an exit option for them.

What is interesting is that Speak Asia is not saying anything officially. Instead, it is using Websites and blogs maintained by its agents to spread such news among panellists.

Citing an "internal, official" communication from Speak Asia, bizbasket.net, one such Website operated by an agent based in Bengaluru, says, "Please Go Through The Official Communication Received From SpeakAsia In This Regard." The communication is an image of a letter  supposed to be sent by the company. The letter also talks about providing an exit option to existing panellists as well as not sending any surveys from Wednesday (that is 3rd August).

It says, "As communicated above, certain services including survey scheduling will be interrupted due to the EOW taking the access of our server. So the surveys will not be uploaded in the next schedule (starting Wednesday) till the server access is with EOW."

This ultimately means that all 19 lakh panellists of Speak Asia will not get their survey income of Rs1,000 per week henceforward. As we have mentioned earlier, the company has not paid a single paisa to panellists since 13th May and owes them about Rs2,280 crore. This is the very same company that had claimed it was backed by very good technology and had plenty of servers to send the surveys.

The letter published by Bizbasket also 'proudly' mentions the availability of an exit option to all panellists of Speak Asia, from 5th August. "This is a Very Hot News which is being shared by SpeakAsia Management. A Giant Step Towards Genuinity - The Exit Option. Those Who Feel They Cannot Earn From SpeakAsia Or Doubt Their Being Genuine Can Now Exit SpeakAsia - The Doors Will Be Opened Starting 5th August."

However, many panellists who are posting comments on Bizbasket and other sites are more worried about their money and nothing else. One panellist writes on SpeakIndiaonline.com, "This letter is fake, there is no name in signing and till now all pop ups are from Team Speakasia and now there is marketing department sending letter...all this is fake...."

On the Bizbasket site, another panellist writes, "What is this? When someone will exit company (pay) back amount? How? When they are not having any (money) payment gateway, how they will pay? If they have some manage to pay than why they are not paying normally? Something is fishy. One way they can pay, when someone exit other when someone want his survey amount that time they don't have any (money) payment gateway... Sorry can't understand this".

This exactly is the point. When Speak Asia is not paying any money to its panellists since 13th May, how is the company going to pay money to those who want to use the exit option? In addition, the terms and conditions mentioned are more beneficial to the company as those who have earned any reward points (RPs) would find that much less money if he opts for exit. This means, he must use the RPs to buy whatever is available on the company site or forget the amount equivalent to the RPs.

Moreover, the letter also tries to 'threaten' panellists who want to use the exit route that they would be on their own and would have to face the authorities themselves. It says, "If the panellists EXIT, it is his sole responsibility to satisfy the queries raised by any authorities of the money coming in his bank account".

This sounds funny because even at present, it is the responsibility of the panellist to provide satisfactory answers and pay taxes on the money earned through filing surveys of Speak Asia, as the company does not believe in the tax deduction at source or TDS system. From our interaction with some tax consultants and officials from the income-tax (I-T) department, we have learned that it would be mandatory for panellists to show the extra income earned in their I-T returns and pay the appropriate taxes applicable. In any case, they cannot hide the additional income or decide not to pay any taxes as the money transfers are recorded in their bank transactions.

The question about exit option to panellists of Speak Asia was first raised in the press conference called by the company's then legal advisor Ashok Saraogi. At present, Speak Asia does not offer any refund in case of cancellation of subscription, but the senior lawyer told journalists that he would raise the issue of allowing discontinuation of subscription with the Speak Asia management within a week.

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1 decade ago
tarak sir kaha hai. aur manoj ji wo ans de
1 decade ago
can u refund my amount ?otherwise inform actually position of speakasia.......
1 decade ago
PLZZZZZZZZZZZ,,,,, Anything news about speakasia update cmng plz inform to my email id and one more thing else the speakasia will be continue or stoped? let me know urgent.
1 decade ago
Really i shocked about speakasia news, i dont know exactly wts happening der?
Raghavendra ig
1 decade ago
Can you refund my amount 11000Rs?
1 decade ago
speak asia future ? it crushed by govt.
1 decade ago
1 decade ago

now i not getting the surveys.I would like to withdraw my account...can you refund my amount
Kishore N
1 decade ago

1 decade ago
Any news about speakasia or all our hardearned money goes in vain
Kishore N
1 decade ago


(Mathrubhumi News Paper dated 27.08.2011)

The Police have issued lookout notice for Nano Excel Managing Director Mr. Harish Maddineni at various airports.

1 decade ago

I am a SAOL panelist. I am having only a User Id and a Password. I request SAOL to issue a written document to reassure the panelists that their money is safe with SAOL.

1 decade ago
SPEAKASIA COO Mr Tarak Bajpai and other officers got bail. EOW unable to proof that SAOL is a scam. Hence I request MoneyLife to believe the truth.
Replied to PREMASIS SATMAN comment 1 decade ago

In India if anyone gets bail that does not mean he is acquitted, my dear. What about Singapore?
Anup Thakur
1 decade ago
Speak Asia is a genune company. He is Extreamly batter then other company no dought.
Replied to Anup Thakur comment 1 decade ago
You seem to be a butler.

Which is better Tarak "dough" or Haren "batter"?
Kishore N
1 decade ago
The Prize Chits & Money Circulation (Banning) Act


The company’s Indian head office is in Bangalore.

Kishore N
Replied to Kishore N comment 1 decade ago

A group of people “National Direct Sellers Association” has demanded the Government of Kerala to give them protection to work for Amway. They alleged that due to the Police Raid of Amway offices all over Kerala they were not able continue with their business.
Raja D M K
Replied to Kishore N comment 1 decade ago
Yes, I agree. Govt. already supports land grabbing MLAs. So they must support cheating MLM Agents.
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