Starlink India’s director Sanjay Bhargava steps down


Sanjay Bhargava, the director of Elon Musk’s Starlink India, announced that he has stepped down from his post at the satellite internet venture, on Tuesday, January 4.

“I have stepped down as Country Director and Chairman of the Board of Starlink India for personal reasons. My last working day was December 31, 2021,” Bhargava wrote on his LinkedIn page. Among other details, Bhargava appealed for privacy.

Bhargava did not respond to queries sent to him in this regard. In November, the telecom department had asked Starlink to comply with the regulatory framework for offering satellite-based communication services, and to refrain from booking/rendering the satellite internet services in India “with immediate effect”.

The IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Bombay alumni joined Starlink in October 2021.

The development comes after Starlink told its members earlier on Tuesday that the Indian government had asked the company to refund all its pre-orders until it receives licenses to operate in the country.

A division of Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company, Starlink, has already received over 5,000 pre-orders for its devices in India but is struggling to receive commercial licenses without which it cannot offer any services in the country.

The Indian government has advised people against subscribing to Starlink without a license and also warned the company, ordering it to refrain from taking bookings and rendering services.