38.6c New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 18, 2024

#MeToo: AIB announces departure of Gursimran Khamba, Tanmay Bhat no longer CEO

By LawStreet News Network      23 May, 2019 12:00 AM      0 Comments
#MeToo: AIB announces departure of Gursimran Khamba, Tanmay Bhat no longer CEO

The popular comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) on May 22, 2019, issued a statement to update their fans about the current status of the ongoing investigations into the allegations made against two of its co-founders Gursimran Khamba and Tanmay Bhat.

Khamba had been accused of sexual harassment by a former partner - which he denied - and Bhat had been accused of turning a blind eye towards sexual harassment allegations made against former AIB employee Utsav Chakraborty.

Bhat, later accepted that he was aware of the allegations but didnt do enough. I shouldve ended ties then, and I didnt, and it is my fault. Im truly sorry. I shouldve acted stronger, he had said.

As per the statement, an External Committee (EC) was appointed to look into the allegations made against Gursimran Khamba in October. The EC comprised of two experienced senior members -a senior partner at a law firm and a diversity consultant. The proceedings remain confidential.

However, during the course of the investigation, Gursimran Khamba stepped away from the process.

In a separate statement issued by Khamba, he explained why he withdrew from the investigation against him besides announcing his new venture Light@27.

He wrote, The past 7 months have been extremely challenging but eye-opening for both me and my family. An allegation was made by someone with whom I shared a deep personal relationship. Since the allegation surfaced, an informal committee was set up to look into it. The committee constituted was neither a court/ tribunal nor an internal complaints committee set up 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.

Given these circumstances, the AIB announced the departure of Gursimran Khamba stating that he will no longer be involved in operations at AIB and will be working independent of us.

In regard to Tanmay Bhat, the group has said that we maintain that Tanmay Bhats lapse of judgement regarding Utsav Chakraborty was egregious. As a result, even though Tanmay Bhats suspension has been lifted. He will no longer hold the position of CEO.

The other two co-founders of the group - Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya to remain on board to manage the remaining affairs at AIB.

The AIB statement also reveals that following the events of early October Almost all of our partners hit freeze on future associations, while others pulled out of active projects effective immediately. All of this hit revenue hard.

The group had to let go of its entire staff and Mumbai office space following the allegations. Moreover, the controversy resulted in sponsors and collaborators cutting all ties with AIB, which stopped income completely.

To this end, the AIB announced that the AIB YouTube channel is for all intents and purposes, dead for the foreseeable future - there will be no new sketches anytime soon.

Read below AIB statement

Share this article:

User Avatar

Leave a feedback about this

Trending Know The Law
Zero FIR: Here’s all you need to know!

Understanding Zero FIR: Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Section 154 allows FIR at any police station. E-FIR under Section 173 ensures efficient crime reporting in India.

17 July, 2024 01:25 PM
Trending Judiciary
Judicial activist Ashwini Upadhyay asks SC to declare amendment to Preamble as unconstitutional

Judicial activist Ashwini Upadhyay petitions SC to declare the 42nd Amendment to the Preamble, which added "Socialist," "Secular," and "Integrity," as unconstitutional.

17 July, 2024 05:14 PM


Trending Judiciary
Bombay High Court denies interim relief in plea against 1 year Pan Masala Ban [Read Order]

Bombay High Court denies interim relief to petitioners challenging the 1-year ban on pan masala, citing arguable questions and ongoing similar cases.

12 July, 2024 10:00 AM
Trending Judiciary
SC Collegium recommends appointment of Chief Justices of eight High Courts [Read Order]

SC Collegium recommends appointments of Chief Justices for Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Madras, and Meghalaya High Courts.

12 July, 2024 10:55 AM
Trending Judiciary
SC orders interim bail for Kejriwal in ED case, refers issues on arrest to larger bench

SC grants interim bail to Kejriwal in ED case, refers arrest issues to larger bench; AAP leader remains in jail due to separate CBI arrest in liquor scam.

12 July, 2024 11:21 AM
Trending Judiciary
Hathras incident: SC refuses to consider PIL on inquiry, adequate compensation

Supreme Court declines PIL on Hathras stampede inquiry and compensation, directs petitioner to approach High Court for addressing the issue.

12 July, 2024 01:38 PM


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email