Take down derogatory posts against BharatPe: Delhi HC to Ashneer Grover

The Delhi High Court on Friday expressed its displeasure over certain “derogatory” content posted by BharatPe co-founder Ashneer Grover against the financial technology company and directed him to take down his social media posts targeting it.

Justice Prathiba M Singh said Grover’s tweet calling SBI chairmen “petty people” was an innuendo aimed at the present BharatPe board chairperson Rajnish Kumar, who earlier held that post. Observing that it was “completely avoidable”, she said Grover prima facie acted in complete violation of earlier court orders asking him not to make defamatory allegations against the firm.

The judge also ordered taking down of news reports about a letter written by Grover to the RBI, levelling allegations against Bharat Pe.

The court’s order came on a lawsuit by Resilient Innovations Pvt Ltd, which owns BharatPe, against its former Managing Director Ashneer Grover and his family members for recovery of over Rs 88 crore and relief against defamation.

“Defendant number 2 (Ashneer Grover), being a businessman and being the founder of the plaintiff company, ought not be making such tweets and derogatory remarks,” Justice Singh said.

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