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Update below: Yahoo clarifies:
This Sify versus Yahoo case is getting bizarre and I didn’t know that it had reached this stage. It seems Yahoo India managing director George Zacharias and content head Ajay Nambiar are in trouble and they had to take an interim transit bail from Madras High Court to ward off the arrest.
Sify had alleged that six Yahoo employees gained unauthorised entry into Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) in Mumbai last month and took pictures – the event was sponsored by Sify – and they did that by forging Sify identity cards. A case was filed in the local Mumbai station and now the matter has reached the court.
On Wednesday, the Madras High Court granted interim transit bail to Zacharias and Nambiar, and also instructed them to deposit their passports with the court. Now the duo may may move the Mumbai Sessions Court for an anticipatory bail.
What is interesting is Zacharias and Nambiar are former employees of Sify.
I think this is one of the bizarre corporate battles which could have been resolved amicably instead of taking into the courts.
DNA has the details.
Update: Here is the Yahoo India clarifications:
On the allegation that Yahoo employees were present at LFW:
There is no allegation that six Yahoo!India employees tried to gain entry to LFW. This was erroneously quoted in media in November and subsequently clarified by Yahoo! India.
The complaint, by Mr. Mane, a Sify employee, actually alleges that another Sify employee took two freelancers into the LFW event in Mumbai, allegedly claiming that they were Sify employees, to shoot videos.
No employee of Yahoo! India was present at the LFW event, yet George Zacharias and Ajay Nambiar, both ex-Sify employees have been named in the complaint. Further, the misrepresentation of facts, by the media, is sensationalizing the matter unnecessarily.
On the issue of Yahoo! executives granted transit bail by Madras High Court
It is normal procedure to seek transit bail, in such cases where an FIR has been registered. This has been granted by the Madras High Court. As a normal condition for transit bail, they have to submit their passports within the time period specified by the court.
This matter is now subjudice.