Friday, August 09, 2019

IndiGo row: MCA to look if issues are management dispute or companies law violation

New Delhi: Amid intensifying spat between IndiGo promoters, a senior official said the ministry of corporate affairs will only look at whether allegations of governance lapses are a management dispute or violation of companies law.

Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia -- promoters of the country's largest airline IndiGo -- are fighting over corporate governance matters, with Gangwal seeking intervention of markets regulator Sebi to address the issues.

The ministry, which is implementing the companies law, has sought information from InterGlobe Aviation -- the parent of IndiGo -- after Gangwal raised red flags in July.

"The only matter that the ministry will look at is whether any of the allegations hold water and if so, does it assume the shape of a management dispute or violation of companies law itself and impacts corporate governance," corporate affairs secretary Injeti Srinivas told PTI.

According to him, it is very necessary to plug deficiencies, if any, in the long term since the company is huge and one of the best-run airlines in the world.

"Its (IndiGo's) value has to be preserved. In case, there is any such thing that violates the companies law, then company would be asked to rectify it but we have not reached anywhere there. The ministry has very limited role (in IndiGo matter)," he added.

Srinivas noted that the question is whether or not there are gross violations of companies law and compromising corporate governance which in the medium to long term can damage the company, its shareholders and other stakeholders.

In July, a senior official said the ministry would examine related party transactions as well as shareholder and other agreements.

In case violations are found, the ministry might invoke its powers under section 6 of the Companies Act, 2013, the official had said.
08/09/19 PTI/Times of India

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