Bhopal: CEO Mark Zuckerberg summoned by Bhopal district court. An additional session’s judge (ADJ) of Bhopal district court in Madhya Pradesh has summoned Facebook founder and CEO – Mark Zuckerberg, to his court following a petition by a Bhopal based start-up alleging harassment.
Additional sessions judge Parth Shankar Mishra issued the order with directions to send the summons by email. He was hearing a civil suit filed by Swapnil Rai who runs a portal thetradebook.org, which he claims is a business networking platform.
Rai has alleged that Facebook had stopped his paid advertisement campaign to promote his ‘thetradebook’ page after running it for three days and then issued a legal notice opposing title of his portal. The campaign was run between August 8 to 14 2016 and second one was scheduled to be run between April 14 to 21, 2018.
“They want to remove word ‘BOOK’ from my portal and had been sending legal notices to me causing immense mental stress,” Rai told TOI adding Facebook had been opposing their trademark application under Class 42 and Class 38 (of the Trademark Filing Classification). Rai also alleged that FACEBOOK was pressurising him to withdraw the trademark application. On April 2016, a Noida based law firm had issued legal notice of Rai on behalf of Facebook.