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Indian-born Uber official fired over old sex charge

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New York : An India-born top executive at Uber was asked to resign after the ride-sharing titan found that he did not disclose that he had left his previous job at Google after a sexual harassment complaint, a media report said.

Amit Singhal had joined Uber in January as Senior Vice President of Engineering after working for 15 years at Google, where he oversaw the internet giant’s search efforts.

A report in technology news website Recode said Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked Singhal to resign on Monday after it was found that Singhal did not disclose to the car-hailing company that he had left Google a year earlier after an allegation against him of sexual harassment from an employee.


Google had deemed the employee’s claim of sexual harassment against Singhal “credible” in an internal investigation.

The report said Singhal, “a highly regarded engineer in Silicon Valley”, had disputed the allegation to Google executives at the time and denied the allegations again.

“Harassment is unacceptable in any setting. I certainly want everyone to know that I do not condone and have not committed such behaviour,” he said in an email to Recode.

“In my 20-year career, I have never been accused of anything like this before and the decision to leave Google was my own,” he said.

Uber executives reportedly found about the situation after the report informed them of the chain of events between Singhal and the search giant this week.

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