Did company give you specialised training?
Did company give you relieving papers when you left?
The company cannot stop you from working in any company.
You are not expected to divulge the technical processes of old company or data or other working secrets which you came to know by working.
Pl consult a lawyer and reply after showing him all related documents.
9th September 2018 From India, Pune
No company was not given me any relieving papers when I left beside company did not give me last month salary.
9th September 2018 From India, Rajkot
As suggested by learned member in the columns it is good to get in touch with a professional as you are already in receipt of a legal notice.
Did you sign any document wherein it was agreed that you will not join any competitor for a specified period? Are you in the technical /specialized sector wherein you may be in the know of confidential information pertaining to your company and which is not in public domain?
If you have signed to the above being in the technical side, you are bound by the conditions as laid. Did you receive the relieving letter and full and final settlement at the time of leaving your previous company? You better be equipped with all the details when you meet the lawyer .
You cannot plead ignorance after signing on the documents unless you are treated unfair or not in line with the principles of natural justice.
Thanks and Regards
10th September 2018 From India, Hyderabad