Comedian Tanmay Bhat, Co-Founder, and CEO of AIB (All India Bakchod) has ‘temporarily’ stepped away from his association with the company following the sexual harassment allegations against comedian Utsav Chakraborty.

AIB has made an official announcement on the social media informing that Tanmay will no longer be involved in the day-to-day functioning of the company. Meanwhile, another member of the company’s core team – Gursimran Khamba, has also been sent on a temporary leave for a few days until further notice and till the company gets more clarity on the matter.

The statement reads, “We have been closely monitoring the sequence of events on social media around the allegations against AIB and also against our Co-founder and CEO Tanmay Bhat. We can’t overlook Tanmay’s role and in light of this, he will be stepping away from his association with AIB until further notice. This implies that Tanmay will not be involved with the day to day functioning of AIB or in any other matter.

Tanmay Bhatt AIB sexual harassment main, Picture Courtesy- Getty Images

Picture Courtesy- Getty Images

We have also just been apprised of the allegations against Gursimran Khamba on social media. At this point of time, these allegations pertain to a private matter, and he has released a statement of his own about the same. However, as an organisation, we believe it would be prudent to place Gursimran Khamba on a temporary leave of absence until we have more clarity on the matter.

We understand that disconcert of any kind adversely affects the work culture and creates an unsafe place for our employees. Nobody should have to work in that environment such as that, and we hope to enable measures to establish our commitment to creating a gender-sensitive workspace. We are in the process of consulting various experts to ensure that our work culture incorporates sensitivity, inclusivity, respect and fairness.

As mentioned, at this time, both of our senior partners are immediately stepping away from all business at AIB.”

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In an earlier statement, the group admitted that Tanmay was aware of Utsav’s action and he even confronted him but didn’t take any action. Tanmay’s statement on the same is awaited.