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Ashneer Grover Takes a Step Back, Deletes Controversial Social Media Posts Amid Legal Battle with BharatPe

Delhi High Court Orders Removal of 'Grover Family' Accusation: Ashneer Grover and BharatPe Head toward Resolution

26 May 2023

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Ashneer Grover deleted social media posts against BharatPe, expressing his desire to move away from the legal conflict.

  • Delhi High Court ordered BharatPe to remove the "Grover family" from a public statement accusing them of financial wrongdoing.

  • Grover complied with the court's directive and removed all defamatory social media posts, while BharatPe agreed to remove the word "family" from their statement.

The legal battle between Ashneer Grover, co-founder of BharatPe, and his former fintech company has taken another turn. Grover's lawyer informed the Delhi High Court on May 26 that his client had deleted certain social media posts against BharatPe, expressing his desire to escape the ongoing conflict. The court had previously admonished both parties for their disrespectful language towards each other and instructed them to refrain from employing damaging rhetoric.


During the recent hearing, the Delhi High Court ordered BharatPe to remove the phrase "Grover family" from a public statement accusing Grover and his relatives of financial wrongdoing. While Grover's lawyer sought a court order for this action, BharatPe's lawyer stated that their client would comply voluntarily. The court's previous directive was upheld by Grover's counsel, Giriraj Subramanium, who assured the court that all inflammatory social media posts had been retracted.


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Ashneer Grover claimed that he had removed all defamatory social media posts against BharatPe in response to a court directive. The Delhi High Court had directed both parties to refrain from using defamatory language and advised their respective counsels to communicate this to their clients. During the recent hearing, Grover's counsel informed the court that all social media posts had been retracted, highlighting an issue with one of BharatPe's statements accusing Grover and his family of fraud. BharatPe's counsel agreed to remove the word "family" from the statement.


Ashneer Grover had previously targeted Rajnish Kumar, the chairman of BharatPe, in social media posts and his memoir, expressing regret over Kumar's appointment. Grover's tweets, which criticized Kumar's management style and the FIR registered against Grover and his family, have since been deleted. BharatPe filed a criminal complaint against Grover and his family in December, alleging fraud, and pursued a civil suit and arbitration suit to recover funds and restricted shares.


Apart from the legal disputes with BharatPe, Ashneer Grover is facing lawsuits from his former co-founders, Bhavik Koladiya and Shashvat Nakrani, which have further escalated the internal conflicts within the company. Despite the ongoing controversies, Grover has been actively promoting his new venture, CrickPe, a fantasy cricket app. The app gained significant traction, recording 10 lakh downloads within a month of its launch ahead of the IPL season.

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