Nitin Seth, former COO of Flipkart has served a notice to the ecommerce marketplace over how he was fired from the company, terming it illegal, according to a report in Economic Times.
Seth joined Flipkart last year as its chief people officer (HR Head) after resigning Fidelity International as country head. He was then elevated as the COO, the second most important tole at Flipkart after Kalyan Krishnamurthy , who was then appointed as CEO.
Apart from handling the HR department, Seth was also heading Ekart, Flipkartâ€™s logistics unit and corporate functions like strategy.
Seth was later elevated as the COO, becoming the second most prominent executive at Flipkart after Kalyan Krishnamurthy took over as the CEO. Apart from leading the HR function, he was also heading Flipkartâ€™s logistics unit Ekart and corporate functions like strategy at the Bengaluru-headquartered online retailer.
However, his elevation had raised eyebrows when he went from heading HR to becoming one of the top executives of the firm in no time.
However, in May, Seth was abruptly asked to quit.
A source told TOI that one of the reasons leading to his exit was that he could not culturally fit into the organisation. Seth has now challenged his ouster from Flipkart, a move he thinks was illegal.
Post his exit, Krishnamurthy has been handling all the departments he was overseeing.
â€śWe have to see how strong the case is for him against Flipkart as it has to be judged from multiple legal perspectives,â€ť a source told TOI.
Sethâ€™s move could result in a long legal fight even as Flipkart is looking to hire senior executives at key positions.
Flipkart has recently closed one of the largest funding rounds from investors such as eBay, Tencent and Microsoft.
It is also currently in the process of closing a deal to buy Snapdeal for around $1 billion. Post the deal, it will become the largest ecommerce player in India and will gain much ammunition in the fierce battle against rival Amazon.