By Ajit jain
TORONTO: Celebrated Indian-born internet entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal, who has been fired by the RadiumOne Board for his alleged physical assault on his girlfriend, says he is determined to fight it out. But it is also the company he founded and in which he has majority shares that has to save itself in the market.
Chahal says in his own letter, posted on his website, and published widely, that he didn’t physically hit his girlfriend 117 times in August last year, as the prosecution said in the court during his trial.
He was saved of 45 felony counts. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan Conroy gave Chahal a wrap on his wrist. Chahal pleaded guilty to misdemeanor, domestic violence and battery charges last week. Judge Conroy disallowed the surveillance video as an evidence because it was deemed police seized the videos illegally from Chahal’s penthouse. This man was sentenced to only three years’ probation, 52 weeks in a domestic violence training program and 25 hours of community service.
“Can you handle the truth?” Chahal asks in his posting. “The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”. If that’s what he’s asking, why should his attorney objected to the surveillance videos being played in the court? “The truth and the whole truth and nothing but the truth” is all there.
He says, he and his girlfriend, had an argument when he discovered she had had “unprotected sex with other people for money. When I discovered this fact and confronted my girlfriend, we had a normal argument. She called 911 after I told her I was going to contact her father regarding her activities…”
That’s all what happened, Mr. Chahal? And the police charged you for physically assaulting and hitting your girl friend 117 times?
You say you abhor domestic violence “as the intimate partner violence is never excusable under any circumstances.”
In this regard this writer agrees with Chahal as hundreds of thousands of women are killed each year in all parts of the world – result of intimate partner violence. In Canada alone, 68 were killed in 2012, again result of family violence.
“I recognize that my temper got the better of me, and I will regret that for the rest of my life,” concedes Chahal. “But there’s a difference between temper and domestic violence, and the truth of what actually happened is no where close to what the police claimed nor anywhere near … I have two sisters, a niece and a mother. I love them all to ,my death …”
This writer met Chahal in September 2009 when he came to Toronto to speak at the NetIp conference. His parents were with him, so also his older brother, who went to Columbia to study his Master’s degree unlike Chahal who’s a high school dropout. That’s of no value now as Chahal has made millions and has become a motivational speaker. He’s invited to the Ivy League schools to lecture MBA students about how to make money, how to succeed in business.
Even before the face to face meeting, this writer had had a detailed phone interview with this Indian-American multi-millionaire who at the age of 18 sold his internet company ‘Click Agent’ for $40-million; and his second company ‘Blue Lithium’ for $340-million to Yahoo.
He had just launched his third company ‘gWallet’ at that time. Now ‘gWallet’ is the domain that’s used by his fourth company ‘RadiumOne’ “which’s an analytical company that is part of a network of cookies, and other technologies used to track you, what you do and what you click on, as you go from site to site, surfing the Web.” RadiumOne’s projection is that “95 percent of digital market will be controlled automatically by software.”
In his keynote address on Sept. 5, 2009, Chahal advised 800 young people, members of NetIp in Toronto and their guests, to “own your mistakes (and) never compromise your morality.”
If we go by this case of alleged domestic violence that includes physical assault, Chahal seems to be unaware of the homely he gave to the young people in Toronto, the kind of homely he has been repeating over and over again in his numerous speeches that he has been delivering to students and faculty.
He talked of “morality” dozens of times, also spoke of “God and His blessings and living by a moral conduct.”
But because of his enormous success, Chahal can afford to be high and mighty and “morality and living by a moral conduct” become his homely for others. When you have the money and power, you can afford to behave high and mighty.
In an interview, Chahal had also pledged that if he was successful in his third company (it was gWallet in 2009) by the time he was 30 years old, he would renounce all that and start charitable work in India and elsewhere. What about that pledge, Mr. Chahal?