ED rubbishes Xiaomi’s coercion allegations
Bengaluru, May 7 (UNI): The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday said allegations that the statements of Xiaomi India officials were taken under coercion by ED is untrue and baseless and are an afterthought.
“No complaint was filed by Manu Kumar Jain (Xiaomi Global Vice President) and Sameer BS Rao (Xiaomi Chief Financial Officer) at any point of time during recording of statements at various occasions. Last statement of the officials of the company was recorded on April 24, 2022 and the seizure order was passed on April 29, 2022. It appears that the allegation now made after passage of substantial time is an afterthought. The allegations are baseless and far from the facts,” the agency said in a statement.
The officials of the Xiaomi India deposed their statements before ED under FEMA voluntarily in the most conducive environment on various occasions, it stated. “The statements were deposed by them on the basis of documents/information provided by the company during the course of investigation. Their statements corroborate with the written replies submitted to ED and the materials on record,” ED said.
The statements of Manu Kumar Jain were recorded on April 13, 21 and 26 this year and Sameer BS Rao’s were recorded on March 25, April 14, April 19, April 21, April 22 and April 26 this year as well, ED clarified. It also reiterated that it 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 Karnataka High Court earlier this week had stayed the ED order.