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Gurbaksh Chahal ordered to pay ex-driver $480K in back wages

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Gurbaksh Chahal, a San Francisco Internet entrepreneur who was forced out of his company after being convicted of domestic violence, has now be formally ordered by a judge to pay his former driver nearly half a million dollars in unpaid wages.

Gurbaksh Chahal, founder, chairman and CEO of online advertising company Radium One, is seen in the corporate offices in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

Gurbaksh Chahal, founder, chairman and CEO of online advertising company Radium One, is seen in the corporate offices in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Gurbaksh Chahal, a former San Francisco Internet entrepreneur who was forced out of his company after being convicted of domestic violence, has now be formally ordered by a judge to pay his former driver nearly half a million dollars in unpaid wages.

Chahal, 33, was ordered by a California Labor Commissioner to pay $480,727.81 to Khabib Lutfiyev, his former chauffeur, for almost a year’s worth of time on the job.

Lutfiyev was hired as Chahal’s private driver and bodyguard for his 30th birthday celebration in Bodrum, Turkey, and was ultimately offered full-time work in the same regard from Chahal. When the two returned to California, Lutfiyev assumed the position, Stephanie Barrett, a hearing officer for the labor commission, wrote in the order of the Feb. 11 Sili. Though hesitant at first, Lutfiyev accepted the job on the contingency his family would be relocated to the Bay Area alongside him — a proposition he purportedly came to with the owner of the limousine company he worked for.

Chahal moved the family to Brisbane while Lutfiyev began his new job, Katherine Fiester of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center said to The San Francisco Chronicle during an interview Tuesday. However, despite the its smooth beginnings, the entire operation soon made a turn for the worst.

Chahal installed an app on Lutfiyev’s phone called “Ping Me,” which tracked every move of his driver, and required him to be on call 24/7, according to Barrett’s order. Feister said Lutfiyev was lucky to log more than a few hours of sleep at night because of his constant work tending to Chahal’s needs.

[quote style=’1′ cite=” title=”]“Being his personal limo driver literally translated into a few hours of sleep a night, and ultimately he wasn’t being paid at all.”[/quote] Feister said.

The two came to an agreement that Lutfiyev would be paid a flat rate of $7,000 per month, according to Feister. But whenever the conversation Lutfiyev’s compensation was brought up, Chahal allegedly responded by saying, “do you want your family evicted?”

“I would drive his Rolls-Royce and his Ferrari and people would think I get paid a good salary,” Lutfiyev told the Chronicle. “He told me I have to park in front of night clubs and strip clubs and tell them ‘That’s Gurbaksh’s car.’”

“When you see an employer like Mr. Chahal not paying their employee, a lot of times it’s about manipulation and control and taking advantage,” Fiester said.

Gurbaksh Chahal in his San Francisco high-rise penthouse in downtown San Francisco, Calif. on Friday Oct. 17, 2008. Chahal is the San Jose internet entrepreneur who made a company as a teenager and sold it to Yahoo for $300 million a few years ago. He has a book coming out on Oct. 23 and will appear on Oprah the same day.

Gurbaksh Chahal in his San Francisco high-rise penthouse in downtown San Francisco, Calif. on Friday Oct. 17, 2008. Chahal is the San Jose internet entrepreneur who made a company as a teenager and sold it to Yahoo for $300 million a few years ago. He has a book coming out on Oct. 23 and will appear on Oprah the same day.

In June 2013, Chahal’s relationship with Lutfiyev and his employer came to an end — the labor commission ultimately found that Chahal, the former RadiumOne CEO and once considered the prime of San Francisco’s most eligible bachelors, owed Lutfiyev $270,816 in unpaid wages, $71,425 in damages, $92,452 in interest and $46,003 in penalties. Chahal’s fall from grace has been well documented — he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of battery and domestic violence battery in April 2014, stemming from an August 2013 assault of his girlfriend in their Rincon Hill home.

Just weeks later, the RadiumOne board of directors decided to fire him as CEO. Before RadiumOne, Chahal founded founded and sold two other Internet companies for more than $300 million.

Chahal has until Wednesday to appeal the order, but before his appeal can be heard, he is required to pay the entire amount ordered.

Information from the San Francisco Chronicle contributed to this report

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Exclusive: Sanders, Bloomberg camps on Indian American outreach

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — We have more from Las Vegas in the aftermath of the latest Democratic debate. We spoke with both the Sanders and the Bloomberg campaigns about what they plan to do to reach the Indian American community and have more analysis on whether any of the candidates moved the needle to win new support.

A number of prominent Indian Americans in government will accompany President Trump and the first lady to India next week. The delegation will visit Delhi, Agra, and Ahmedabad and likely include Rita Barnwal of the U.S. Department of Energy, Bimal Patel of the U.S. Treasury Department, Manisha Singh of the State Department, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Seema Verma of Health and Human Services and Kash Patel in the National Security Council.

There is tragic news to report out of India, where we’ve learned Ayurvedic Master Healer Dr. Pankaj Naram has died. Dr. Naram has been a mainstay on Diya TV in the daytime for many years, sharing his wisdom on how to use everyday ingredients to heal challenging ailments. Dr. Naram literally touched the lives of millions of people and we will effort to pay homage to this man whose impact will live on forever.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India becomes 5th largest economy, overtakes UK, France

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — India is now the world’s fifth largest economy, overtaking the UK and France in 2019, according to a report by American non-partisan think tank World Population Review. The report says India’s economic liberalization starting in the early 1990s was key to this growth. Though the report also indicates India’s real GDP growth is expected to weaken for the third straight year from 7.5 percent to 5 percent.

Billionaire entrepreneur and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on stage at the ninth Democratic Debate in Las Vegas, qualifying for the first time after polls indicate his star is rising amongst potential Democratic primary voters after spending more than $300 million in political advertising. Diya TV will be in Las Vegas with full coverage from what will certainly be an eventful night.

Lakshmi Sridaran, who has been the interim executive director for non-profit civil rights group, SAALT, South Asian Americans Leading Together, will take on that role moving forward. SAALT also announced Simran Noor will serve as their new Board Chair.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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150,000 people expected for ‘Namaste Trump’ in Gujarat

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — President Trump & the first lady will get a massive welcome on his visit to Gujarat next week, where 150,000 people are expected to attend ‘Namaste Trump.’ It’s expected to be an even grander event than ‘Howdy Modi’ in Houston, where 50,000 people greeted Prime Minister Modi. A delegation of business leaders from the U.S. are also headed to India for a series of events in New Delhi.

The 17th annual India Conference at Harvard brought more than 1000 people to the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard’s Business School including a long list of luminaries in business, politics and entertainment. And only on Diya TV, we have exclusive conversations with Indian unicorn CEOs Ankiti Bose of Zilingo and Ritesh Agarwal of OYO.

Roseville Police in California say a taxi driver, Rajbir Singh, saved an elderly passenger in his cab from giving a scammer $25,000. The 92 year old told Singh she was about to withdraw the money to settle a debt with the IRS. It sounded like a scam to Singh, who asked the woman to reconsider, even detouring to a police station to help convince her not to withdraw her money. Eventually, she decided not to proceed. Roseville Police say Singh should be honored with a “great citizen award.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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