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SC refuses interim order on sale of Fortis shares; final hearing on Feb 26

The apex court was hearing the plea of Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo which is seeking to recover Rs 3,500 crore, awarded to it by a Singapore tribunal in its case against Malvinder and Shivinder Singh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Supreme Court Friday refused to pass any interim order on pleas relating to the sale of controlling stakes of to Berhad by former promoters and hospital operators -- Malvinder and

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said that it would accord final hearing in the case on February 26.

The apex court was hearing the plea of Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo which is seeking to recover Rs 3,500 crore, awarded to it by a Singapore tribunal in its case against Malvinder and

The Japanese firm, which has filed the contempt plea against the Singh brothers in the apex court, has said that it was promised some shares of by the Singh brothers.

"Instead of passing any order on the interlocutory applications, we fix the matter for final disposal on February 26 at the top of the Board," the bench said.

The apex court, on December 14 last year, had ordered status quo with regard to the sale of controlling stakes of
 

"Status quo with regard to sale of the controlling stake in Fortis Healthcare to Berhad be maintained," the bench had said.

The top court had also issued notices to the Singh brothers asking them to explain as to why contempt proceedings be not initiated against them for allegedly violating its earlier order by pledging the shares.

The board of Fortis Healthcare had approved in July a proposal from IHH Healthcare to invest Rs 4,000 crore by way of preferential allotment for a 31.1 per cent stake.

The Bhd became the controlling shareholder of Fortis Healthcare Ltd by acquiring a 31.1 per cent stake in the company.
 

Daiichi had bought in 2008. Later, it had moved the Singapore arbitration tribunal accusing that the Singh brothers had concealed information that was facing probe by the and the Department of Justice, while selling its shares.

Daiichi had to enter into a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice, agreeing to pay USD 500 million penalty to resolve potential, civil and criminal liability.

The company had then sold its stake in Ranbaxy to Sun Pharmaceuticals for Rs 22,679 crore in 2015.

First Published: Fri, February 15 2019. 20:05 IST
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