It’s a week of tech giants around the globe being summoned by courts wherein Jack Ma joins the list as he is summoned by Indian court in regard to Alibaba’s ex-employee's lawsuit.
Pushpandra Singh Parmar, a former Alibaba UC Web employee, claims Alibaba’s apps UC News and UC Browser displayed fake news “to cause social and political turmoil,” and that the Chinese multinational tech company had censored content that were considered unfavorable to China. The ex-employee also added that he was wrongfully fired after objecting to what he witnessed when he was still working for the company. Additionally, he is seeking $268,000 in damages.
Now, Civil Judge Sonia Sheokand from a district court in Gurugram has issued a summons for Alibaba’s founder and more than 10 individuals, demanding that they appear in court personally or through a lawyer on Wednesday, July 29. Written responses have also been required within 30 days.
Alibaba representatives have yet to comment while UC India provided a statement that it had been “unwavering in its commitment to the [Indian] market and the welfare of its local employees, and its policies are in compliance with local laws. We are unable to comment on ongoing litigation.”
Despite its troubles in South Asia, Alibaba’s stock remains stable, according to Yahoo Finance. Its favorable growth is being supported by the rebounding Chinese demand with a little help from the United States’ reviving economy. Still, Alibaba remains affected by China-India tensions that prompted the banning of 59 Chinese apps. With its unique business model, its largest driving force is Ant Group’s impending IPO.
Jack Ma also increased his net worth after selling his shares, along with other Chinese rich tech billionaires, last week, wherein he scooped the largest sale so far.