TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar arrested on sexual harassment charges; released on Rs 10,000 bail
TVF CEO and founder Arunabh Kumar was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Saturday (22 April 2017) and released later the same day.
Kumar has been at the centre of a sexual harassment row, ever since an anonymous blogger claiming to be a former TVF staffer put up a post on Medium, detailing allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of the company's CEO. The blogger, who used the moniker Indian Fowler (taking off from Susan Fowler, who wrote the viral blog post about the toxic work culture at Uber), wrote that Kumar had behaved inappropriately with her on several occasions — and while her post was later deleted, it triggered similar claims from several other women; two of whom have gone on to file police complaints against the TVF honcho.
On 17 April 2017, Firstpost had reported that Arunabh Kumar secured anticipatory bail from the Dindoshi Sessions Court. At the same time, it was also reported that Kumar had been summoned by the police at least eight times for interrogation.
Mumbai Mirror reported that on 22 April, Arunabh was called in for questioning by the police. He was then arrested by the police, before being immediately released after posting Rs 10,000 in bail. “He was arrested and let out on bail. Investigations are on. We will be filing the chargesheet soon,” Mirror quoted DCP Vinayak Deshmukh of Zone X as saying.
Meanwhile, TVF's creative director and star of the series Bisht Please Nidhi Bisht sent out a letter to the 200 employees of the firm, decrying the allegations against Arunabh Kumar.
Stating that the harassment claim originated from a 'fake, anonymous' source, she wrote: "Did anyone bother to ask us, the real women at TVF, what we believe, having breathed the (company's) culture day in and day out?"
Kumar himself has denied the accusations of wrongdoing.
After securing anticipatory bail, Kumar had issued a statement to the police in which he alleged that the harassment claims were a conspiracy against him. "I have strong feeling that someone is trying to hamper my business by doing all of this," Kumar said.