JOHANNESBURG - The war of words between Botswana supermarket chain Choppies and its suspended CEO has continued, with Ramachandran Ottapathu accusing the company of failing to provide facts about the charges against him despite numerous requests from his legal representatives.
Ottapathu said he was going to challenge his suspension in court "at the soonest opportunity – as I do not believe it is justified or that it was done in a manner which was valid or proper".
He issued his statement on Monday, hours after Choppies' board of directors said it was disappointed by "unfortunate and intemperate comments" attributed to or made by him.
"I was suspended without notice and without a hearing," Ottapathu said, reiterating his denial of any wrongdoing.
"This is simple character assassination which does not give me a chance to defend myself," he said in response to Monday's statement from the Choppies board, which said his suspension was a result of an unspecified "aggregation of activities and conduct".