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I was interviewed and selected by a software startup in India. Saturday was not a working day for them, but yet their tech VP, product manager and CEO came on Saturday at their new office and interviewed me. The interview process was very mature, they were very polite and even after the interview when I did a background check of the company and didn't find proof of registration of the company on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs website, they offered me proof of registration of the company, including the Corporate Identification Number. The company was called
X Pvt.Ltd. (this is the company that is registered). They were later called
Y and now they are named
They are funded by a reputed company named
G's website shows that they are funding company
Y. My offer letter mentions the company name as
Z (*) and at the bottom of the letter, is the explanation of the asterisk, which goes like
X Pvt.Ltd. d/b/a Z. The d/b/a, I understand is "Doing Business As". I also verified the registrations on this website.
The bottom of the offer letter mentions the CEO's name and the letter (pdf format) has been emailed to me by the tech VP via the company
Z's email domain name. The offer letter says "Therefore, please confirm your acceptance of terms contained herein by signing and returning a duplicate copy of this letter", so when I spoke to the VP on phone about signatures, he said I was welcome to come to their office on Monday and he'd keep a copy of the letter signed by the CEO, ready for me. He also mentioned that they usually don't follow the procedure of having signatures on the offer letter for new joinee's, and assured me that they trust me and they would honour the offer letter even if it was not signed. Considering that the current company I work for (a very reputed one), had also sent me an offer letter by email when I was a campus recruit, and they had not even expected me to reply with a "yes", and instead just wanted me to send across the document proof they required, can I assume it is safe to just send an email to the startup saying that I accept the offer letter, and then resign from my current job? The notice period is 1.5 months. Is it safe and legally binding to do this via email?