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FIR against ScoopWhoop's Suparn Pandey filed

The co-founder and managing editor of ScoopWhoop has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee.

An FIR has been filed against Suparn Pandey, co-founder and managing editor of ScoopWhoop, an internet media company. He has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee.

FIR against ScoopWhoop's Suparn Pandey filed

ScoopWhoop's official statement on the matter is:

"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.

In line with workplace laws, ScoopWhoop has an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC). The ICC constitutes of three of our most senior and experienced women employees and an independent observer who has served on ICC panels across various prestigious and international companies. 40 percent of our workforce is women and we have equal representation in senior leadership positions. We have taken every step to ensure the complainant gets a fair hearing and are following the rule book on workplace harassment.

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. As an FIR has also been filed separately by the complainant, and the police investigation is ongoing, we are extending full cooperation to the police to conduct a full and fair investigation into the matter.

We are fully prepared to accept the findings of the investigations and dutifully take the necessary action if found guilty."

As mentioned on its website, the company 'reaches out to over 30 million Indians every month', through its publications ScoopWhoop, Vagabomb and GazabPost.

Last month, an FIR (sexual harassment) was filed against Arunabh Kumar, founder of online entertainment network The Viral Fever, by a former employee of his company.