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Exclusive: Board is arm-twisting me to exit BharatPe, says Ashneer Grover

Ashneer Grover has alleged that the board feels he will go from being the biggest strength to their biggest liability because he is headstrong.

February 04, 2022 / 12:07 PM IST

Ashneer Grover is calm. When did someone last say that? The man whose anger and blunt words have become a meme and a national talking point is calm and measured as our interview starts.

Grover is co-founder and managing director of BharatPe, a company that was better known for its QR code aggregator app, service and surprise bank licence until a month ago, but is now best known for public spats between the founder and its main investor, allegations of fraud, poor work culture and an audio clip featuring Grover allegedly hurling choicest abuses at a Kotak employee.

Grover denies everything though. Literally, everything. He denies that the audio clip voice was his, that he had issues with Uday Kotak, that he used foul language against anyone, that his company may have indulged in fraudulent practices, that BharatPe had cultural issues leading to many senior employees leaving…the list goes on. Grover was sent on leave for three months for some of these reasons, and BharatPe is now being probed by Alvarez and Marsal and PwC, which are supposed to run a fine tooth comb through its governance practices. But he denies it all.