Founder of the e-commerce giant Alibaba has been summoned by an Indian court on a complaint by former employee that he was wrongfully fired.
According to media reports, this case comes after Indian government cited security concerns in banning Alibaba’s UC News, UC Browser and 57 other Chinese apps.
Moreover, according to the summons issued by the Indian court, the judge has also sought written responses from the company and its executives within 30 days.
Civil Judge Sonia Sheokand of a district court in Gurugram, issued summons for Alibaba, Jack Ma and about a dozen individuals or company units, asking them to appear in court or through a lawyer on July 29, court documents showed.
Media reports said that, in court filings dated July 20, the former employee of Alibaba’s UC Web, Pushpandra Singh Parmar, accuses the company used to censor content seen as unfavorable to China and its apps UC Browser and UC News showcased false news “to cause social and political turmoil”.
Furthermore Pushpandra Singh Parmar, who worked as an associate director at the UC Web office in Gurugram until October 2017 and is seeking $268,000 in damages.
However, Alibaba representatives did not respond to requests for comment from the Chinese company or on behalf of Jack Ma.
It may be recalled that the Indian authorities banned the 59 apps after it received “credible inputs” that such apps posed a threat to India’s sovereignty.
Its IT minister said the decision was taken to safeguard citizens’ data and public order.
China has severely criticized this Indian move.