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Etisalat sues Swan Telecom promoters

No wrongdoing by us,say Vinod Goenka,Shahid Balwa and Majestic Infracon.

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has initiated legal proceedings in the Bombay High Court against Shahid Balwa,Vinod Goenka and Majestic Infracon Pvt Ltd — promoters of Swan Telecom (now known as Etisalat DB) — for “fraud and misrepresentation”.

“Etisalat’s case is that it was induced into its investment in the company that was then Swan,without any disclosure of the matters that are now alleged by the CBI and Supreme Court to have occurred in connection with the obtaining of 2G licences by EDB,” Etisalat said.

“Those events occurred a year before Etisalat’s investment. Etisalat is facing very significant financial losses on its investment in EDB despite its having no involvement in the 2G licence application or award process and being entirely innocent of any allegations relating to it. Balwa,Goenka and Majestic Infracon Pvt Ltd were responsible for Swan at that time and for subsequently marketing the investment opportunity to Etisalat,” it said in a statement.

In a joint statement issued late on Thursday,Goenka,Balwa and Majestic Infracon said,“no notice of demand or suit papers have been received by us. There is no wrongdoing by us or our directors. We had filed a case for mismanagement in the CLB against Etisalat which was in management control of the JV (joint venture) company. This was withdrawn because in discussions they said they would run the JV properly which was not done.” “Unlike other similar JVs which built a business and revenue,our JV went nowhere under Etisalat management. The JV company is also facing FEMA proceedings for the investments by Etisalat. Etisalat will be held responsible for their wrongful acts,” the statement said.

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In another statement,DB Realty said the company “is in the business of real estate development and has no direct or indirect shareholding in Etisalat DB.”

Fight escalates

* Etisalat initiates legal proceedings in the Bombay HC against Shahid Balwa,Vinod Goenka and Majestic Infracon Pvt Ltd

* Says it was induced into its investment in the company that was then Swan,without any disclosure of the matters

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