Judge quashes video evidence in Internet mogul’s domestic violence case



The judge in the case of the multimillionaire Internet mogul accused of numerous counts of domestic abuse on Wednesday quashed video surveillance evidence because he ruled that the seizure of that evidence was unlawful, according to court records.

Gurbaksh Chahal, 31, who lives in San Francisco's Rincon Hill neighborhood, was originally accused of 47 counts of domestic violence in connection with a reportedly violent incident with a girlfriend in his apartment Aug. 5, 2013.

Chahal will now be held to answer for 11 felony counts and two misdemeanors related to the alleged assault, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

He faces eight counts of assault, two counts of criminal threats and one count of false imprisonment, all felonies, and two misdemeanor counts of battery.

Chahal originally pleaded not guilty to the charges last August and is currently not in custody after posting $1 million bail.

According to court records, prosecutors at the time said that Chahal was angry that his girlfriend had gone to Las Vegas with another man and cheated on him.

He is then alleged to have attacked her in his home in The Infinity Towers in Rincon Hill. The assault was reportedly captured on surveillance video from Chahal's bedroom, which was seized as evidence by police. The judge ruled that the video was seized unlawfully and allowed it to be suppressed.

Prosecutors said they will be examining their appellate options to reintroduce the video as evidence, Bastian said.

Chahal's next day in court will be April 16 in Department 22 of the Hall of Justice.

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