'The Viral Fever' founder Arunabh Kumar booked for alleged sexual harassment

PTI

Mar,30 2017 08:00 03 IST

The Mumbai police on Wednesday booked web entertainment firm 'The Viral Fever' founder Arunabh Kumar for allegedly causing sexual harassment to unknown women.

Arunabh Kumar. Image courtesy: @TheQtiyapaGuy/Twitter

Arunabh Kumar. Image courtesy: @TheQtiyapaGuy/Twitter

The suburban Andheri police registered a case against Kumar under sections 354 A (causing sexual harassment) and 509 (insult the modesty of a woman by indecent words, gesture or acts) of Indian Penal Code, said DCP Ashwini Sanap, police spokesperson.

Kumar hadn't been arrested, he said, without disclosing on whose complaint the FIR was registered.

Earlier this month, an anonymous blog post by a woman alleging sexual harassment to her by Kumar when she worked at TVF between 2014 and 2016 had gone viral on the social media.

It was followed by similar allegations by some other women.

TVF had denied all the allegations and said it would "leave no stone unturned to find the author of the article and bring them to severe justice for making such false allegations."

Even though the Mumbai Police has registered a case against Kumar, it is still not clear how this case will proceed. Just a day before registering a case against Kumar, the Mumbai Police had said that it will soon close the probe into the charges against him, India Today had reported.

The police had said that it cannot consider allegations made on social media, and had said that they are beginning to wonder if the original article on Medium written by user 'The Indian Fowler' is even true or if such a person exists. Consequently, Kumar will not be called to a police station to record a statement.

Lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui had filed the third-person FIR against Kumar.

Kumar, an IIT graduate, founded TVF in 2011.

With inputs from PTI