Xiaomi alleges ‘coercion’, ED calls it ‘baseless, untrue’ | India News

NEW DELHI: Rebutting claims of smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi India, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese mobile manufacturing company Xiaomi, that its top executives were threatened of “physical violence” while recording their statements “under coercion”, the Enforcement Directorate has said that all such statements are baseless and untrue.
“The allegations that the statement of the officials of Xiaomi India was taken under coercion by ED is untrue and baseless. The officials of the Xiaomi India deposed their statements before ED under FEMA voluntarily in the most conducive environment on various occasions,” the agency said in a statement on Saturday.
According to a Reuters report, that quoted from Xiaomi’s court filings of May 4, officials of the ED had threatened Xiaomi’s former managing director Manu Kumar Jain and its current chief financial officer Sameer BS Rao and their families of dire consequences if they did not give statements as desired by the agency.
The ED has, however, said Jain and Rao had deposed before the agency and gave statements “voluntarily”.
While Manu Jain appeared before the ED four times between April 13 and 26, statements of Rao were recorded over six days between March 25 and April 26.
The ED said “no complaint was filed by them at any point of time during recording of statements at various occasions. Last statement of the officials of the company was recorded on April 26 and the seizure order (of Rs 5,551 crore) was passed on April 29”. It appears that the allegation now made after passage of substantial time “is an afterthought”, the ED said and added that the allegations are far from facts.
It is reiterated that the ED is a professional agency with strong work ethics and there was no coercion or threat to the officers of the company at any point of time, the statement further said.

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