Sacked Indian-born CEO of Zilingo claims her chats have been leaked online; seeks protection

Ankiti Bose, who was sacked last week as CEO of Singapore-based startup Zilingo, said she sought legal protection from a Twitter user. In his recent Instagram post, Bose said his photos, chats and documents were viewed and shared without his consent.

“My personal photos, chats, documents and recordings may have all been inappropriately viewed and disseminated without my consent and I have now seen versions of them on the internet which are clearly fake, but nonetheless damaging. I don’t know who do this,” she wrote.

Zilingo, a Singapore-based online fashion company that provides technology to clothing merchants, was founded in 2015 by Ankiti Bose and its chief technology officer (CTO) Dhruv Kapoor.

Zilingo fires Indian-born CEO

On March 31, Zilingo’s Indian-born CEO Ankiti Bose was suspended following complaints about alleged discrepancies in the company’s accounts. The e-commerce platform terminated his employment after an investigation into “serious financial irregularities”, but did not elaborate on the allegations. Deloitte has been tasked with investigating allegations of harassment made by Bose, who previously worked at Sequoia Capital India before founding Zilingo.

Bose said she was unable to check internal documents to clarify which payments led to her suspension. She maintained that her suspension was due in part to her complaints of harassment.

Meanwhile, Bose sought legal protection fearing elements who could benefit by intimidating him. In a previous post, Bose said she and her family were receiving threats online.

“I asked for legal protection because I fear that there are elements who could benefit from intimidating and slandering me by weaponizing the media and social networks. I tried to let go and not think who writes these blogs or tweets, but I’m putting an end to rape threats,” she said.

About Zilingo

Zilingo has grown from a Southeast Asian-focused e-commerce company into a global supply chain for the apparel industry, financing and other services.

The company, which has about 600 employees in eight countries, raised $226 million in its most recent fundraising round in early 2019. The fundraising had valued the company at around $1 billion.

According to publicly available documents on Singapore’s accounting regulator’s website, the company has yet to file annual reports for 2020 and 2021.

(With agency contributions)

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