The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday rejected as “baseless” the allegations that the statements of Xiaomi India officers, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese language cellular manufacturing firm Xiaomi, had been recorded “underneath coercion”, saying the costs had been an afterthought.
The federal company was responding to sure news reports that mentioned Xiaomi alleged in a latest submitting earlier than the Karnataka Excessive Court docket that its prime executives had been threatened with “bodily violence and coercion” throughout their questioning by ED investigators in Bengaluru.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued an announcement saying it was “knowledgeable company with robust work ethics and there was no coercion or risk to the officers of the corporate at any level of time”.
“The allegations that the assertion of the officers of Xiaomi India was taken underneath coercion by ED is unfaithful and baseless.” “The officers of Xiaomi India deposed their statements earlier than ED underneath FEMA voluntarily in probably the most conducive surroundings on numerous events,” the company mentioned.
It mentioned the statements had been deposed by them on the premise of paperwork and data supplied by the corporate in the course of the course of investigation.
“Their statements corroborate with the written replies submitted to ED and the fabric on document,” the company mentioned.
The event comes within the backdrop of ED passing an order on April 29 to grab Xiaomi India’s funds price over Rs. 5,551 crore over the alleged violation of the Indian overseas change legislation (Overseas Trade Administration Act).
The Karnataka Excessive Court docket earlier this week stayed this ED order.
The company added that the assertion of Xiaomi international vp Manu Kumar Jain was recorded on 4 events, April 13, April 14, April 21 and April 26 whereas that of chief monetary officer (CFO) Sameer B S Rao was recorded on six events.
Rao’s assertion had been recorded on March 25, April 14, April 19, April 21, April 22 and April 26, it mentioned.
“Nevertheless, no criticism was filed by them at any level of time throughout recording of statements at numerous events.” “Final assertion of the officers of the corporate was recorded on 26.04.2022 and the seizure order was handed on 29.04.2022. It seems that allegation now made after passage of considerable time is an afterthought,” it mentioned.
The company mentioned the allegations of Xiaomi are “baseless and much from the information.” Xiaomi is a dealer and distributor of cell phones within the nation underneath the model title of MI.