Arunabh Kumar Steps Down As TVF CEO Months After Being Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Updated on 6 Sep, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Arunabh Kumar, who was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee, has finally decided to step down as CEO of web entertainment firm The Viral Fever (TVF). He posted his decision to step down on his Twitter handle.

Kumar wrote in an open letter,

In the wake of the recent personal attacks, what really breaks me is the blemish on the brand’s true promise. I have therefore taken the decision to step down as the CEO of TVF.

Arunabh Kumar, however, said that he will be available as a mentor for the content team “as they continue to deliver the stories you love us for”.

Arunabh Kumar at TVF office


In Kumar’s absence, Dhawal Gusain will take over as the new CEO of TVF. Gusain has been the COO since 2015. Kmar says,

Dhawal has a sharp business acumen and, together with our leadership team, will keep working tirelessly to scale the TVF to greater heights and bring a renewed ambition and zeal to make TVF the best place to work at, for both women and men.


Based on a complaint filed by the former employee of the company, the Mumbai Police registered a case against Arunabh Kumar on March 29. He was booked under sections 354A (causing sexual harassment) and 509 (insult the modesty of a woman by indecent words, gesture or acts) of the Indian Penal Code.

Kumar is an IIT graduate who founded TVF in 2011.