Fintech company Bharatpe CEO Suhail Sameer on Thursday apologized for his remarks in a social media post that said former entrepreneur Ashneer Grover stole money from the company and there is not much left to pay the salaries of the employees.
A Bharatpe employee in a Linkedin post had raised the issue of the firing of administrative staff and non-payment of salaries, which prompted responses from Grover and CEO Sameer. In response to a comment from a social media account in the name of Aashima Grover, Sameer said “Behentere bhai ne saara paisa chura liya (Sister, your brother stole all the money). There is very little left for pay wages”.
The comment was criticized by many people on social media. Sameer later apologized for his remarks. “Friends, I apologize for angering many of you. In hindsight, that was irrelevant. We are already working on the full and final payment of former employees. My comment was a reaction to a particular statement , not to publication. . But I accept the error. I also ask that you be patient and refrain from building a story based on a false narrative,” he said in a Linkedin post. .
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The company’s partner, Karan Sarki, on Linkedin, had raised the issue of the dismissal of former employees and the non-payment of wages. “We have not yet received our salary for the month of March despite numerous email visits and office visits. You have fired all former BharatPe administrative staff without giving a reason and their salaries have been paid. We were with BharatPe since the beginning of the Company and now we are nowhere because of your internal politics,” Sarki said.
He said employees spend their own money on small business expenses and bills have not been paid since December. “All BharatPe staff are enjoying office paid trip to Goa and we engraved employees are fighting for their salaries and jobs. What kind of leaders you are,” Sarki said.
However, Bharatpe denied the allegation on social media regarding the non-payment of employee wages. “BharatPe strongly denies any comments on social media suggesting that the company has failed to pay salaries to its employees. All employees of the company have received their March salaries in full. As per company policy company, employees who serve their notice period will receive their full and final settlement amount in a timely manner, in accordance with company policy,” the company said in a statement.