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Delhi High Court directs Shivinder Singh to pay up Daiichi dues


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed former Ranbaxy Laboratories promoter Shivinder Singh to pay the money owed to Japanese pharma major Daiichi Sankyo Inc. under an arbitral award won by it in 2016. The court also asked Shinvinder Singh to form by 30 October a “viable” plan of payment of his share out of the arbitral award of Rs 3,500 crore. “You (Shivinder) are a man of honour, pay his (Daiichi) money and go,” Justice Rajiv Shakdher told Singh, adding that “you cannot dissipate assets while trying to mediate”.

The court’s observations came after Shivinder Singh’s lawyer urged that Daiichi Sankyo be asked to sit with his client and mediate so that the pharma company gets a “substantially better amount”. The judge declined to issue any such direction and said that “this kind of stance will not help your client” and directed Shivinder Singh to “come with a viable plan” to pay Daiichi by 30 October.

“Bring something which is solid and substantial,” the court said. In August, the court had restrained former Ranbaxy promoters from operating their bank accounts in India or abroad and selling any property. The court also ordered release of the S$3.5 million, which Malvinder Singh had obtained by selling his 45 lakh equity shares in Religare Healthcare Trust in April and which he was ordered to deposit in court, to Daiichi Sankyo towards part payment of the award.

The judge said that the money would be released to Daiichi Sankyo subject to it furnishing an undertaking that it would return the amount if the Singh brothers are successful in their challenge of the award in a Singapore court. The court also asked the brothers to file a report on the valuation of the assets disclosed by them in the matter.

Malvinder Singh had sold the shares in the Singapore-based company in violation of the high court’s direction. The shares were sold and the amount was used by the brothers to pay EMIs for an apartment in Singapore to avoid any default of payment.
The high court Thursday asked Malvinder to give an undertaking that he would abide by its orders and warned that failure to comply would invite contempt action.

The court had on 5 September had asked Malvinder Singh to deposit with it the 3.5 million Singapore dollars he had obtained by selling his shares in a Singapore based company, saying there has been “disobedience” of the court’s previous directions.
The court was hearing a petition of Daiichi Sankyo, which had come to the high court seeking execution of the Rs 3,500 crore Singapore tribunal arbitral award won by it in April 2016.

It had on 19 February restrained the Singh brothers and 12 others from selling or transferring their shares or any movable or immovable property as disclosed by them before the high court earlier. The high court had on 10 August restrained the Singh brothers from operating their bank accounts in India or abroad and selling any property.

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