Tech founder Gurbaksh Chahal appears to have handed over his CEO role at Gravity4 to his sister, Kamal Kaur, after a judge found last week that he violated his domestic violence probation.
Chahal has been removed from Gravity4’s leadership page and replaced by Kaur, who is currently listed as CEO of the company. Kaur previously held leadership roles at Chahal’s other companies, including RadiumOne, where she worked as VP of mobile, and BlueLithium, which was sold to Yahoo in 2007 for $300 million.
Kaur’s bio on Gravity4’s website doesn’t acknowledge her former role at RadiumOne, but she is listed as a co-founder of BlueLithium. (A press release from the Yahoo sale lists Chahal as the sole founder, and Krishna Subramanian has also been credited as a co-founder of BlueLithium.) According to her bio, Kaur most recently worked as the general manager of Samsung’s Smart TV platform.
Gravity4 has not yet returned a request for comment about Kaur’s promotion; we’ll update this story if we hear back.
The CEO switch-up comes as Chahal waits to hear whether he’ll face jail time or an extended probation period after violating his probation. Chahal pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges after attacking a woman in his apartment in 2013 and was placed on three years’ probation. A second woman accused Chahal of assaulting her in September 2014, and a San Francisco judge decided last week that there was enough evidence of the attack to determine Chahal had violated his probation.
Losing his post as CEO must feel like deja vu for the millionaire tech founder. Chahal was also pushed out of his role as RadiumOne CEO after his guilty plea. However, this time Chahal appears to have stepped down willingly rather than been pushed out by his board members — he’s removed “CEO” from his LinkedIn, which now only lists him as the founder of Gravity4.
Kaur has been a supportive figure in the courtroom during Chahal’s probation revocation hearings, which have dragged on since April. Chahal surrendered his passports to the court on Monday and a judge will determine his punishment on August 12.
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