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IndiGo, SpiceJet take battle to cyber crime unit

GURGAON: The cyber crime unit of the Gurgaon police is close to completing a year-long investigation into a complaint filed by InterGlobe Aviation, which runs IndiGo, against a former employee that she allegedly conspired to steal proprietary and confidential information, and use the data at competitor SpiceJet

InterGlobe has accused Pahuna Lal, former assistant manager, financial planning and analysis at IndiGo, of stealing financial and price-sensitive information to deploy and use it in her position with SpiceJet, reports The Economic Times.

Lal quit IndiGo and directly joined SpiceJet as deputy general manager, corporate strategy and projects, in September 2015

Gurgaon-based InterGlobe complained in a First Information Report (FIR) that Lal “dishonestly copied” information on total departures, fleet purchase plans, aircraft and balance sheet specifications, including ten-year financial projections, among other data.

The alleged theft, it said, caused it “wrongful loss” and “wrongful gain to Lal and her co-conspirators”.

Responding to ET’s questions on the accusations by IndiGo, Lal denied doing any wrong and said she is determined to explore the strictest possible legal action against IndiGo and its management for harassment, intimidation and maligning her reputation.

“The FIR filed by IndiGo is frivolous and utterly false. It has been filed because I am a woman, and therefore, IndiGo feels that I can be intimidated,” she said.

Anand Kumar, the head of Gurgaon cyber crime unit, declined comment.

A spokesman for SpiceJet said the airline is confident that there is no wrongdoing whatsoever on the part of Lal. “This FIR has been filed against an employee of SpiceJet. SpiceJet is not an accused in this complaint. No questions have been asked nor any investigation is directed towards SpiceJet.”

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