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Bharti Airtel suspected of forex rule violation

Aug 16, 2011 2:30:13 PM - www.ft.lk

NEW DELHI: India's Directorate of Enforcement is investigating the country's top mobile phone carrier Bharti Airtel for suspected violations of foreign exchange rules, a junior finance minister said on Tuesday.

Namo Narain Meena also told lawmakers in a statement the country's capital markets regulator had received complaints alleging that a shareholding increase by the founders of the mobile carrier had violated rules.  The minister also said the country's tax office had received allegations of "improper accounting treatment" of licence and spectrum fee by the company.
Bharti said in a statement it adhered to the "highest standards of corporate governance" and always complied with rules.
"We will provide all relevant details to the concerned authorities as and when required and will offer full assistance to clarify any concern," it said.