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Ullu app owner booked for molestation

Complainant a former employee facing extortion charges, filed molestation FIR as abuse of law.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: August 6, 2021 10:02:36 pm
The Indian Express tried to contact Agarwal for his version of the incident but got no response till the time the story was filed.

Two days after an FIR was registered against the CEO of OTT platform Ullu, Vibhu Agarwal, for allegedly molesting a 28-year-old woman, the company issued a statement on Friday saying the complainant was a former employee against whom the firm had filed extortion and cheating complaint in June.

In a press statement, the company said it had filed a complaint with Lucknow Police on June 10 in the regard. “As a counter blast and as an afterthought, after a lapse of more than 17 days and as a sheer abuse of laws in favour of women, on 5.7.2021 (the date when she was asked to appear before Lucknow police), (the former employee) has filed a false complaint accusing Ullu’s country head Anjali Raina and CEO Vibhu Agarwal of molestation,” the statement added.

In her complaint, the woman had said that Agarwal had coerced her into removing her clothes before him after calling her to the company’s office at Lotus Business Park in Andheri (west), police said.

Police said the incident occurred on June 18. Agarwal could not be contacted for comment. The complainant told police that Agarwal had called her to the company’s storeroom and threatened to defame her family if she did not give in to his demands.

The FIR has been registered under sections 354 A (sexual harassment), 354 B (using criminal force on any woman or abetting such act with the intention of disrobing), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (act done with common intention by two or more persons) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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