Ranbaxy case: Shivinder Singh says he has renounced the world, can’t pay; SC not amused

The bench asked the Singh brothers to appear before it on March 28 and submit the plan. (Photo credit: fortishealthcare.com)

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked former Ranbaxy promoters Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh to apprise it how they propose to comply with the Rs 3500 crore arbitral award passed against them by a Singapore tribunal.

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.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Googi asked the Singh brothers, who were present in the court, to consult their financial and legal advisors and give a concrete plan on how they will comply with the tribunal’s order. The bench asked the Singh brothers to appear before it on March 28 and submit the plan, saying “hopefully it will be the last time you are appearing in the court”.

Appearing for Daiichi, senior advocate Fali S Nariman, told the bench that while Malvinder Singh says he would honour the court’s order on the foreign arbitration award, Shivinder says he has renounced the world and become a saint. The bench said that “It is good for you to have renounced the world, but there is a decree, so tell us how you propose to secure the amount.”

Daiichi had bought Ranbaxy in 2008. Later, it had moved the Singapore arbitration tribunal alleging that the Singh brothers had concealed information that Ranbaxy was facing probe by the US Food and Drug Administration 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.

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