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Indian-origin tech mogul fired for allegedly beating girlfriend

Indian-origin Internet advertising mogul Gurbaksh Chahal, who escaped jail despite beating his girlfriend 117 times, has been fired from his post of CEO and chairman by his company.

The board of directors at RadiumOne, a Silicon Valley company that focuses on real-time advertising across web, mobile and Facebook, met over the weekend and “voted to terminate the employment of Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and Chairman of the company,” the company said in a statement.

Last week, Chahal, 31, dodged the 45 felony charges and instead pleaded guilty to two misdemeanour courts – one for domestic violence battery and one for battery.

He was sentenced to three years of probation, 52 weeks of participation in a domestic violence programme and 25 hours of community service but got no jail time.

Chahal has termed the allegations against him as “grossly exaggerated” and said he is being attacked because of his ethnicity.

In a lengthy blog post Sunday titled ‘The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’, Chahal apologised to his family, friends, employees, customers and investors for having had to suffer from “this bad publicity related to my personal matter”.

In the post, which was apparently written before he was fired, Chahal said as RadiumOne CEO, he vows to make it a hugely successful company, a great place to work, and a wonderful partner in the community.

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