Avirook Sen, Rajesh Sundaram send legal notices to INX News over “fraudulent termination” of employment
Rajesh Sundaram, former Head of Domestic News at News X, has sent a legal notice to INX News recently, alleging forgery of his resignation letter. He has also sent a copy of the notice to Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. Avirook Sen, former Executive Editor of INX News, has also sent a legal notice alleging “fraudulent termination of contract and defamation”.
Published - 18-February-2008
In fresh developments in the INX News issue, Rajesh Sundaram, former Head of Domestic News at News X, has sent a legal notice to INX News recently, alleging that his “resignation letter was forged”. Meanwhile, Avirook Sen, former Executive Editor of INX News, who was sacked in January 2008, has also sent a legal notice to the company alleging “fraudulent termination of contract and defamation”.
Sundaram has also sent a copy of the notice to Information & Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, in addition to Indrani Mukerjea, Chairperson, INX News; Vynsley Fernandes, COO; and Peter Mukerjea, Chief Strategy Officer, INX Media.
Sundaram’s counsel Rajshekhar Rao sent the legal notice on behalf of his client, stating, “with respect to the wholly illegal and fraudulent termination of his (Sundaram) employment as Senior Executive Producer (redesignated as Head, Domestic News, with effect from August 1, 2007) with Noticee No. 1 company contract with Noticee No. 1.”
“Furthermore, I am instructed to put you to notice that your continued use of the said forged resignation letter to deny my client his lawful rights under the contract tantamounts to willfully, fraudulently and dishonestly using as genuine, a forged and fabricated document/electronic record,” the notice added.
The notice further stated: “You Noticee No. 3 (Fernandes) did not disclose to my client the circumstances in which his services had been terminated, and, therefore, my client addressed an e-mail to you on February 1, 2008, placing on record the said facts and my client’s shock at the fact of his termination being announced in such an unprofessional manner, behind his back and consequently, seeking information as to earliest date of his release as per the terms of his contract pursuant to the decision of the management to terminate his services. While no response has been received to the said e-mail till date, my client once again wrote to you Noticee No. 3, on February 3, 2008, reminding you of his communication dated February 1, 2008, and called upon you to issue a relieving letter and to settle his dues as per contract.”
“I am instructed to state that instead, to my client’s utter shock and surprise, on February 7, 2008, you Noticee No. 3 addressed an e-mail/letter to my client informing him that the Human Resources Department of the Company had completed the necessary paper work to accept my client’s ‘resignation’. In this regard, I am instructed to state that my client has never issued any such resignation letter nor could any such letter be accepted by Noticee No. 1 Company,” the notice further stated.
A similar notice was sent on behalf of Avirook Sen alleging “fraudulent termination of contract and defamation on the part of INX News”. On January 31, 2008, Sen was allegedly sacked without any prior notice and reason.
On being contacted by exchange4media, Peter Mukerjea declined to comment on the issue.