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Adani Group: Hindenburg allegations ‘false, baseless’, Mauritius Min tells Parliament
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Adani Group: Hindenburg allegations ‘false, baseless’, Mauritius Min tells Parliament

| @indiablooms | 11 May 2023, 03:30 pm

Giving a boost to Adani Group, Mauritian Financial Services Minister Mahen Kumar Seeruttun has told the country’s Parliament that Hindenburg Research’s allegations of the presence of ‘shell’ companies in the Island nation are ‘false and baseless’.

US short seller Hindenburg on January 24 alleged that billionaire Gautam Adani used shell companies based in Mauritius to manipulate stock prices of his Indian-listed companies, reports ANI.

When a Member of Parliament (MP) through a written notice question asked the Minister about Hindenburg’s allegation of use of Mauritius-based entities as conduits for money laundering and share price manipulation for the Adani Group, the minister said the nation’s law does not allow shell companies, reports ANI.

“At the outset, I wish to inform the House that the allegations of the presence of shell companies in Mauritius are false and baseless,” he said. “According to the law, shell companies are not allowed in Mauritius.” All global business companies licensed by the Financial Services Commission have to meet substance requirements on an ongoing basis and are being strictly monitored by the Commission, he said.

“So far, there has been no breach that has been found,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

He said the Financial Services Commission has taken note of the Hindenburg report but the regulator is bound by the confidentiality clause of the law and cannot disclose details.

“The Financial Services Commission can neither deny nor confirm whether an investigation has been and/or is being conducted. As such, disclosure of information on global business companies would be in breach of section 83 of the Financial Services Act and may have an adverse impact on the repute of our jurisdiction,” he said.

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