NewDelhi, June16: Arunabh Kumar, the Founder and CEO of Mumbai-based content creation company The Viral Fever (TVF) announced Friday that he was stepping down from his post, a month after was embroiled in multiple sexual harassment cases.
In a statement that he released on Twitter, Mr Kumar said: “In the wake of the recent personal attacks, what really breaks me is the blemish on the brand’s true promise. I have therefore taken the decision to step down as the CEO of TVF.” he wrote.
— Arunabh Kumar (@TheQtiyapaGuy) June 16, 2017
A woman had complained that during her time at TVF, Kumar came close to her and touched her in a way that made her uncomfortable. She also alleged harassment at workplace. Kumar, who is out on bail, claimed that he was falsely implicated in the case. A chargesheet under Sections 354, 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (outraging the modesty of a woman) under the Indian Penal Code was filed against Kumar. The case was lodged at the MIDC police station in Andheri.
A similar case was also registered against him at the Versova police station on charges of sexually harassing another woman at the TVF office in 2014 in Mumbai.
Arunabh Kumar, however, said he will be available as a mentor for the content team “as they continue to deliver the stories you love us for.”
In the absence of Mr Kumar, Dhawal Gusain will take over as the new CEO of TVF. “Dhawal has a sharp business acumen and, together with our leadership team, will keep working tirelessly to scale the TVF to greater heights and bring a renewed ambition and zeal to make TVF the best place to work at, for both women and men,” Arunabh Kumar’s statement says.