Hours after the emergence of a sexual harassment allegation against ScoopWhoop co-founder Suparn Pandey by a former senior executive of the media organisation, ScoopWhoop on Wednesday published an official statement saying the company ‘strongly condemns any kind of harassment at the workplace’ and that they take complaints of harassment ‘seriously’.

“ScoopWhoop strongly condemns any kind of harassment at the workplace. We work towards ensuring a safe and secure workplace for all our employees and take any complaints of harassment extremely seriously,” the statement said.

“The complaint was forwarded to the ICC immediately on receipt and the same is being inquired as per law. The company is adhering to the rules and regulations set forth by the Hon. Supreme Court of India and the law of the land against sexual harassment at workplace and the investigation is ongoing.

An FIR has been filed separately by the complainant, and investigation is underway.

The complainant registered a case, stating she was subjected to “inappropriate comments and lewd remarks” by Pandey.

She added, “Suparn Pandey in public commented on my sexuality and this comment included calling me names which reflected on my sexual orientation and my sexual preferences as well as characterised me in a certain way”.

The other co-founders of the organisation have also been named in this case.

According to reports, the charges against the co-founder have been made by a senior executive of ScoopWhoop Media Pvt. Ltd. The Vasant Kunj Police Station has booked Suparn under Sections, 354 A (sexual harassment), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

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