Gursimran Khamba announces new venture, explains reason to exit sexual harassment enquiry in statement
AIB had on 23 May announced that Gursimran Khamba will no longer be a part of the comedy collective's operations.
Comedy collective All India Backchod (AIB) had on Wendesday (22 May) issued a statement stating they had to suspend operations after two of its members were named in the #MeToo movement. On Thursday, former member Gursimran Khamba announced his new venture Light@27 and also explained why he chose to withdraw from the sexual harassment inquiry conducted against him. A woman had anonymously accused Khamba of sexual misconduct. The comedian had categorically denied the allegations.
AIB had stated that an external committee comprising a senior partner of a law firm and a diversity consultant had been set up. Khamba in his statement on Instagram said that there was an informal committee to look into the issue, which was "neither a court/tribunal nor an internal complaints committee under the POSH Act".
"Nevertheless, because I had nothing to hide. I voluntarily chose to participate and began by extending all possible cooperation to this committee. However, this process which lasted 4 months was replete with procedural lapses and did not follow principles of natural justice. Despite my repeated requests to follow due process, these lapses continued. At this stage. I requested the committee to recuse itself and a fresh committee to be constituted. My request was denied and hence I was left with no choice but to withdraw from the enquiry. Till date, I maintain that I am happy to cooperate with any committee that is constituted fairly and follows principles of natural justice," wrote Khamba.
He further added that Light@27 is a comedy consultancy that will offer content and strategy solutions for live and digital media.
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