Reliance Group Chairman's sons Anmol Ambani (left), and Anshul Ambani, attend the Reliance Group annual general meeting in Mumbai (File photo: Bloomberg)
Reliance Group Chairman's sons Anmol Ambani (left), and Anshul Ambani, attend the Reliance Group annual general meeting in Mumbai (File photo: Bloomberg)

Reliance Infra appoints Anshul and Anmol Ambani as directors

  • A senior officer of the Indian Army, Lt. Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd.) has also been inducted into the board as an independent director'
  • Anmol (27) is already overseeing the financial services business Reliance Capital, since he joined its board in August 2016

Mumbai: Struggling Anil Ambani group, which has exited a slew of businesses in recent past due to severe liquidity crunch, has appointed both the sons--Anmol (27) and Anshul (24)--as directors on the board of infrastructure arm RInfra.

The company has also appointed retired Army officer Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain as an independent director on the board of the company, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

As of July 2019, four group companies alone, excluding the bankrupt telecom arm, were sitting on a debt pile of about 93,900 crore.

Anmol has been on the board of Reliance Capital since August 2016, while the younger one, Anshul joined group this January, and has been actively involved in all operations of RInfra, including a special focus on the defence business, working closely with the group chairman and Punit Garg, executive director, the company said.

During the recent AGMs, Ambani had said the group was shuttering the two lending arms of Reliance Capital--Reliance Commercial Finance and Reliance Home Finance with a cumulative asset of over 25,000 crore--by December.

On Monday, the group nearly exited RCap's AMC business--which used to lead the market for long and now has gone down a distant fifth slot--to Nippon Life of Japan which now owns 75 percent in the company and has since been renamed as Nippon Indian Mutual Fund for a collective investment of 6,000 crore.

The group has long ago existed the telecom business and the company, once a leading player, is in the bankruptcy court since February. Many other group ventures like the defence vertical are also struggling for long now.

The defence business, Reliance Naval is also under severe financial stress.

While in service, Hasnain had participated in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka during 1988-90 and counter- insurgency operations in Punjab in 1990-91 and had also served with the UN in Mozambique, and later, in the war-torn Rwanda.

During the AGM, Ambani had claimed that his group has over 60,000 crore of receivables in regulatory and arbitrary disputes which are pending for the past 5-10 years.

He had blamed the crisis and the resultant decision to exit to the severe collateral damages the group had taken due to a combination of factors-crisis in the financial services sector, irrational action by auditors and rating agencies and now the slowdown of the economy.

Ambani had claimed that these events aided and abetted by reckless selling and rumour-mongering by vested interest have affected the shareholders of the Group companies.

He had also said the group is planning to pay creditors 15,000 crore more by March next year.