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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Gurbaksh Chahal, the Silicon Valley executive who pleaded guilty to assaulting a former girlfriend by kicking and punching her 117 times in 2013, has been appointed as an adviser at a U.S. venture capital firm. It’s a move domestic violence organizations have said sends a “disturbing message.”

The appointment, made by the Chicago-based fund NIN Ventures, comes less than six months after Chahal was sentence to serve one year in jail for violating the terms of his probation with the assault of a second woman just months after the first incident occurred. His sentence is currently suspended pending appeal.

In announcing his appointment, NIN Ventures’ CEO, Nin Desai, said: “We have great faith in Mr. Chahal and his contribution to the ad tech industry and believe his addition will strengthen our position in identifying key technologies in this space.”

Domestic violence organizations have since criticized the appointment, arguing that it showcases how wealthy and privileged businessmen can navigate their way around cases of serious misconduct.

“It sends a very disturbing message that this is OK. He is awaiting what could be a year’s jail sentence, but he’s out in the world and we are not sure he’s learned anything. We think he’s a public safety risk,” Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, told The Guardian. “We see it in politics, we see it in corporate America, we see it in sports and we see it in Silicon Valley,” she added.

Others see his appointment as a calculated attempt by NIN Ventures to attract investors to contribute to its fund.

“It looks as if they haven’t actually raised the funds and they are trying to get publicity right now to raise the capital,” Eileen Carey, founder and chief executive of Glassbreakers, said in the same interview with The Guardian. “It’s a Trump situation – a bait and switch.”

Carey added she doesn’t think the appointment vindicates Chahal. “I think the opposite. It’s a demonstration of how desperate he is for a job.”

Chahal, who founded multiple advertising technology companies including RadiumOne and Gravity4, has been at the center of controversy since he was arrested and charged with 47 felonies for an attack in August 2013. Police said that a 30-minute security camera video they had showed the entrepreneur hitting and kicking his then girlfriend 117 times and attempting to suffocate her inside his $7 million San Francisco penthouse.

Throughout the controversy, Chahal tried to play down his actions, including writing a blogpost after his first arrest in which he said:

“I recognize that my temper got the better of me, and I will regret that for the rest of my life. But there is a difference between temper and domestic violence, and the truth of what actually happened is nowhere close to what the police claimed nor anywhere near what the online chatter and pundits are now making it out to be.”

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal convicted of large scale H1B fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal was convicted of large scale H1B fraud. The CEO of two companies that supplied workers to companies like Microsoft and Amazon plead guilty to using fake documents to get H1-B visas. The Indian national Samal was sentenced to seven years in prison for what federal authorities say “was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington.” 

Inder Singh, a Los Angeles-based Indian American community leader, has died. He was 86 years old. Singh was involved in the inception of a number of Indian American non-profit organizations in the effort to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and India. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla said on Twitter that Singh’s contributions have been “significant and his leadership will be greatly missed.”

Indiaspora launched ChaloGive.org, their first online giving campaign that runs October 2nd to the 8th. The goal is to increase levels of giving by the Indian diaspora, inspired in part by the success of Giving Tuesday in the U.S. and Daan Utsav in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Lewandowski spars with Rep. Jayapal in impeachment probe

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski sparred with Rep. Jayapal among others, before a House Judiciary committee, taking on a barrage of questions from members of Congress who are trying to build a case towards the impeachment of President Trump.

100,000 petitions were delivered to the Gates Foundation in Seattle, asking them to rescind the award they plan on giving to Indian Prime Minister Modi for his clean India initiative because of his stance on Kashmir.

Federal investigators, including the FBI, are looking into potential misconduct by Mithril Capital, a venture capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. Royan has a 20 year relationship with Thiel and has raised in excess of $1 billion, $300 million of which came from Thiel. Some investors are frustrated Mithril is sitting on their money rather than investing in startups, while raking in as much as $30 million per year in management fees.

Hundreds of alums from the Indian Institute of Technology gathered in Southern California for their annual convention, featuring some of the brightest minds in technology.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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