Arunabh Kumar, CEO of online digital entertainment channel The Viral Fever (TVF), has been granted bail in the sexual harassment case filed against him last month. According to a Mid-Day report, Mumbai’s Dindoshi Sessions Court agreed to give him anticipatory bail under the conditions that he fully co-operates with the police and doesn’t tamper with any evidence including threatening witnesses in the case.
Earlier this month, Arunabh approached the Dindoshi Sessions Court to seek protection from being arrested based on the FIRs registered against him. The court had initially granted protection from arrest from April 7 to 16 and had asked him to be present in court on April 17 with the conditions that he should be available for interrogations whenever needed.
Arunabh has also been interrogated several times by the police during the process of investigations, soon after an FIR was filed.
Last month, a blog post revealing Arunabh’s harassment of a former assistant producer on TVF had gone viral. An anonymous user who went by the handle Indian Fowler, had written on Medium.com about working for Kumar and said that there were more than 50 complaints against Kumar.
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On March 29, the Andheri police filed a case against Arunabh for harassing women employees in his office. A case under sections 354 A (causing sexual harassment) and 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman by indecent words, gesture or acts) of the Indian Penal Code, was registered.
Soon after that, a second complaint was filed with the Versova Police Station. The complaints came just days after the police announced that they would be closing the investigation on Arunabh, as no complaints had been filed.
It has been reported that despite these complaints, Arunabh continues to work for TVF and attends meetings. Mid-Day quoted a source about how he’s been attending parties in the evening and even attended a start-up conference in Mumbai. “The company is looking for a new PR representative to salvage the situation,” the source added.