Start-up Edtech WhiteHat Jr has withdrawn its Rs 20 crore libel action against its critic Pradeep Poonia. The company has confirmed the action but has not disclosed any further details about it. Poonia also confirmed the development in a social media post.
WhiteHat Jr, owned by Byju, had filed a libel claim against software engineer Poonia in the Delhi High Court in November 2020 for defamation and spreading false information about the start-up. The company founded by Karan Bajaj also accused Poonia of infringing the trademarks and copyrights of properties owned by WhiteHat Jr by using a YouTube identifier by the name of WhiteHat Sr.
The libel action was filed against Poonia’s statements against Wolf Gupta, an imaginary character used by WhiteHat Jr in its marketing campaign. The ads showed that Wolf Gupta landed a job at Google after learning coding from WhiteHat Jr. The company subsequently removed Wolf Gupta from its ads. Poonia also described the start-up’s monitors as “uneducated” and “housewives”.
At its hearing last year, the High Court banned Poonia from broadcasting or transmitting any information “received by hacking WhiteHat Jr’s servers” and from refraining from helping people remove content from WhiteHat Jr. .
The court also ordered Poonia to stop using her social media handle WhiteHite Sr on YouTube and remove specific URLs using that name. He had also ordered the removal of tweets posted on September 12, 2020, with defamatory comments about WhiteHat Jr instructors and September 5, 2020, calling the company a pyramid scheme, along with several other tweets posted last year in September. and October.
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