Sanjay Bhargava, Country Director of Starlink India, has left his position, according to his LinkedIn profile. The action comes just weeks after the government announced that Starlink Internet Services is not permitted to provide satellite-based Internet services in India, and warned the public not to subscribe to the services marketed by the Elon Musk-backed company unless they have the necessary license.
On Tuesday evening, Bhargava stated on LinkedIn: “I have resigned as Starlink India’s country director and chairman of the board due to personal reasons. My final day of work was December 31, 2021.” Bhargava did not respond to questions about this.
The telecom department asked Starlink in November to comply with the legal framework for providing satellite-based communication services and to stop booking/providing satellite Internet services in India “with immediate effect.” The company has started sending emails to Indian customers offering refunds on pre-orders. According to the company, the Department of Telecom has asked Starlink to refund pre-orders until the company’s Internet service is licensed in India. Previously, the corporation was said to intend to launch its services in ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies in India.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk’s SpaceX subsidiary, Starlink Internet Services, has begun refunding pre-orders for internet services in India. Customers who ordered the service early were charged $99 by Starlink (Rs 7,400). Musk previously stated in response to a Twitter user that Starlink was working to finalise regulatory procedures in the country prior to launching the service. According to an email from the broadband internet company, obtaining regulatory approvals in India is “currently questionable” due to “several hurdles” that must be overcome before the service can be deployed in the country.