Ar­rested COO in­sists there is noth­ing amiss

De­spite his de­tain­ment, Tarak Ba­j­pai feels Speak Asian pan­elists should not worry. The com­pany man­age­ment is here to sup­port all, he said

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Tarak Ba­j­pai, COO of Speak Asia, does not be­lieve that any op­er­a­tion of the Sin­ga­pore­based firm is above law. Tarak had re­cently made it big af­ter be­com­ing associated with Speak Asia, a firm ear­lier called Haren Tech­nolo­gies.

“We are not op­er­at­ing above law. Dur­ing pre­vi­ous queries, all de­part­ments had given a clean chit to the com­pany. This ques­tion­ing is also a small part of it,” Tarak said be­fore be­ing flown to Mum­bai.

Born in In­dore on May 24, 1975, Tarak com­pleted his early ed­u­ca­tion at St Paul’s High School and grad­u­a­tion from Holkar Science Col­lege, which iron­i­cally, was also the alma mater of his fa­ther Vi­mal­endu Ba­j­pai, a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive with phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals ma­jor Ab­bott Lab­o­ra­to­ries.

He honed his skills dur­ing a short ser­vice com­mis­sion with the In­dian Air Force, which he joined im­me­di­ately af­ter grad­u­a­tion and get­ting a ‘C’ cer­ti­fi­cat- ed from NCC Air Wing at In­dore.

Soon af­ter re­turn­ing to In­dore, Tarak eyed for a place in the avi­a­tion sec­tor. He along with his wife Swarna Walia Ba­j­pai, started the firm Ge­n­e­sis Avi­a­tion — deal­ing with pilot train­ing and avi­a­tion ac­ces­sory sup­port so­lu­tions.

While float­ing his firm, Tarak was associated with the In­dore Fly­ing Club, im­part­ing train­ing to as­pir­ing pi­lots. His ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­ter­per­sonal skills helped him scale the lad­der at Speak Asia Pvt Ltd. He was roped in to hold meet­ings across the coun­try at­tract­ing prospec­tive pan­elists.

De­spite his de­tain­ment, Tarak feels Speak Asian pan­elists should not worry. The com- pany man­age­ment is here to sup­port all.

An­tic­i­pat­ing the legal hur­dles, he had also ap­proached the high court. “I have got rel­e­vant or­ders from the high court to deal with any un­fore­seen cir­cum­stance,” Tarak said.

The com­pany also claims it has writ­ten to sev­eral agen­cies and reg­u­la­tory bod­ies in In­dia, as also the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, for a thor­ough probe into its af­fairs since al­le­ga­tions against it could dam­age its rep­u­ta­tion and trust.

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