TVF"s Arunabh Kumar gets bail, ordered not to threaten witnesses in case

Arunabh Kumar
Arunabh Kumar

Yesterday, The Viral Fever (TVF) CEO, Arunabh Kumar secured bail in the sexual harassment case registered against him at the MIDC police station on March 29.

The Dindoshi sessions court granted him anticipatory bail on conditions including that he must not pressurise any witnesses in the matter and also not tamper with the evidence. The court told him to co-operate with the police during the investigation and filing of chargesheet as and when called by the cops.

TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar gets bail in molestation case: 15 developments

Arunabh’s lawyer, advocate Abad Ponda said, “He has been granted bail, the conditions to the bail are same as the previous interim relief.”

On April 7, Arunabh had moved the Dindoshi sessions court to get protection from arrest in the FIRs registered against him. A 26-year-old filmmaker had approached the police following an anonymous blog with the writer identified as ‘Indian Fowler‘ alleging that she had faced sexual harresment by Arunabh. He had then approached the court to seek anticipatory bail. The court initially granted him protection from arrest from April 7 to 16 and had asked him to be present in court on April 17 with conditions that during his interim relief he should be available for interrogations when needed. Arunabh has been questioned several times by the police during the process of investigations after the FIR was filled, sources said.

But the 34-year-old founder of TVF continues to live a life without hindrance, mid-day has learnt. Kumar’s close associate says, “He’s been going to his office in Andheri East and heading meetings regularly. He also enjoyed an evening with his buddies on Saturday at Khar’s Monkey Bar. Last week, Arunabh attended a startup conference in Bandra.” The source adds, “The company is looking for a new PR representative to salvage the situation.”

The growth of TVF
Launched in 2010, The Viral Fever was among the first entertainment companies to tap into the digital space. Their 2014 release, Permanent Roommates, was the second-most viewed long-form web series in the world at one point. Their second original, TVF Pitchers, which revolved around a group of engineers who leave their jobs to launch a start-up, struck a chord with the masses due to its relevance. Other popular TVF shows include TVF Tripling, and Barely Speaking With Arnub.


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