It was reported this week that Jack Ma was summoned to appear before the Indian court either personally or through a lawyer on July 29, in regard to a lawsuit against the company filed by its ex-employee. Based on a report, the Alibaba founder was a no-show.
The lawsuit against Alibaba was filed by former employee Pushpandra Singh Parmar who claimed that UC News and UC Browser, which are Alibaba’s apps, relayed fake news to its users for the purpose of causing “social and political turmoil.” Additional accusations include censoring content which was deemed unfavorable to China.
This accusation was taken seriously by the Indian court for which the Chinese businessman and 10+ parties related to the company were required to appear in a district court in Gurugram by Civil Judge Sonia Sheokand on Wednesday. According to One India, Ma did not show up.
Of the 15 who were summoned, only Sandra Xu, Nisha Handa, Ramesh Bisht, Shunyan Zhu, and UC Web Mobile Private Limited were represented by their lawyers, all by a single law firm.
Parmar also included in his lawsuit that he was wrongfully terminated for objecting to what the company was doing using its apps, seeking $268,000 worth of damages.