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Stayzilla’s Vasupal files bail plea; startup world rallies behind him

2 weeks ago

Chennai-based homestay aggregator Stayzilla’s co-founder and chief executive Yogendra Vasupal, who was arrested on charges of defrauding a vendor, has filed for bail before Chennai’s Special Metropolitan Magistrate. Vasupal is currently at Chennai’s Puzhal Central Prison.

Vasupal was arrested by the Chennai police on Tuesday, after Jigsaw Advertising filed a criminal complaint against him alleging non-payment of dues. The development came on the heels of Stayzilla shutting down operations last month.

Rupal Yogendra, Vasupal’s wife and co-founder of Stayzilla, told VCCircle that the date of hearing of the bail plea has not been announced yet.

Meanwhile, entrepreneurs and investors across India have taken to Twitter demanding Vasupal’s release and condemning the alleged bullying he has been meted out with. Several have criticised his arrest, saying criminal complaints against startups shutting shop will be unhealthy for the ecosystem.

The hashtag #ReleaseYogiNow was trending on Twitter on Wednesday.

India’s e-commerce industry’s poster boy and Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal slammed the intimidation of Stayzilla founders.

Kunal Bahl, co-founder of online marketplace Snapdeal, tweeted that he himself has faced the consequences of “getting on the wrong side of people”.

Aloke Bajpai, CEO of online travel startup Ixigo, questioned the very legality of Vasupal’s detention.

Even the Karnataka government took notice of the issue, with Priyank Kharge, the state’s information technology minister, tweeting that he will see how the issue can be sorted out with his counterpart in Chennai.

Indian Angel Network (IAN), one of the early investors in Stayzilla, said in a statement: “Unlawful treatment in such situations will trigger a sense of fear in young minds and put the brakes on the Prime Minister’s Startup India dream…the law must follow its proper course, unhindered and uninfluenced in any way.”

However, there were also contrarian views on social media.

Sanjay Verma, CEO of, said that “consuming and then not paying is wrong”.

Vijay Anand, founder and CEO of accelerator The Startup Centre, questioned how a company that raised $13.5 million in May 2016 could run out of funds by December 2016.

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Stayzilla’s Vasupal files bail plea; startup world rallies behind him

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