ED seizes ₹ 5,551 cr from Xiaomi over forex violations, company issues statement
The money was seized under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 in connection with the illegal outward remittances made by the company, said ED
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday 30, April announced that they had seized ₹5551.27 crore from China's Xiaomi for ‘illegal outward remittances’.
"Xiaomi India is wholly owned subsidiary of China-based Xiaomi group. This amount of ₹5,551.27 crore lying in the bank accounts of the company has been seized by the Enforcement Directorate," the agency said in a statement.
Xiaomi started its operations in India in 2014 and started remitting the money from the next year, it said.
"The company has remitted foreign currency equivalent to ₹5,551.27 crore to three foreign based entities which include one Xiaomi group entity, in the guise of royalty," the ED said.
Such huge amounts in the name of royalties were remitted on the instructions of their Chinese "parent group" entities, it alleged.
"The amount remitted to other two US-based unrelated entities were also for the ultimate benefit of the Xiaomi group entities," the ED said.
It said while Xiaomi India procures completely manufactured mobile sets and other products from the manufacturers in India it has not availed any service from these three foreign based entities to whom such amounts have been transferred.
"Under the cover of various unrelated documentary facade created amongst the group entities, the company remitted this amount in guise of royalty abroad which constitute violation of section 4 of the FEMA," it said.
The said section of the civil law of FEMA talks about "holding of foreign exchange."
The ED also accused the company of providing "misleading information" to the banks while remitting the money abroad.
Earlier this month, the ED had also questioned the global vice president of the group, Manu Kumar Jain, at the agency's regional office in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Xiaomi issues statement following ED's accusation
Following Enforcement Directorate's claim that it has seized ₹5,551.27 crore from Xiaomi India, the local arm of the Chinese gadget giant, in connection with "illegal outward remittances made by the company", the China based company issued a statement.
“As a brand committed to India, all our operations are firmly compliant with local laws and regulations," the statement read.
“We have studied the order from government authorities carefully. We believe our royalty payments and statements to the bank are all legit and truthful. These royalty payments that Xiaomi India made were for the in-licensed technologies and IPs used in our Indian version products. It is a legitimate commercial arrangement for Xiaomi India to make such royalty payments. However, we are committed to working closely with government authorities to clarify any misunderstandings," the statement further added.
(With inputs from PTI)
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