GoAir sues former MD for stealing info before joining IndiGo
Budget airline GoAir has sued its former managing director and current IndiGo COO, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, in the Bombay High Court for the alleged theft of confidential information from GoAir. Owing to the matter being under judicial consideration right now, parties have declined to comment and not many details are known. But, here's what we do know about it.
While details of the case are still scarce, a person close to the developments, on the condition of anonymity, said that, "Wolfgang has not taken any confidential information; neither has he solicited anybody to join with him."
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer was appointed as the CEO of Wadia Group-owned GoAir in June 2015. He served as the company's managing director from April 2016 to late 2017. On 1st February, 2018, Prock-Schauer joined rival airlines IndiGo. The case began after Prock-Schauer's IndiGo debut, when, on February 13, a GoAir lawyer submitted sealed documents to the court which he alleged that Prock-Schauer had stolen.
Subsequently, on March 14, the Bombay High Court allowed Prock-Schauer's lawyer to examine the documents. The last hearing, on April 27, saw one significant development. Prock-Schauer's lawyer, senior counsel Janak Dwarkadas, said that he had earlier wrongly "parted with the belief that the petitioners [GoAir] wanted to settle the case, but now the company doesn't want to settle." The next hearing is on June 15.
"As you're aware, since the matter is sub judice, we will not be able to discuss details of the matter. The honorable court has encouraged parties to settle the matter and parties are exploring the same," said law firm Samvad Partners, who are representing Prock-Schauer.