Perdaman Industries drags ICICI Bank to Aus court in Lanco issue in A$3.5 bn case
Perdaman last year had filed AUD 3.5 billion lawsuit against Lanco in Australia, alleging non-compliance with fuel supply pact by Griffin Coal for its upcoming urea plant in Western Australia.
Griffin Coal was acquired by Lanco for AUD 730 million in March, 2011 and a syndicate of lenders led by ICICI Bank financed the acquisition.
Lanco CEO (Business Development) Nagaprasad Kandimalla said Perdaman has filed the case against ICICI Bank at the Federal Court of Western Australia but the same is yet to be admitted.
"The current attempt against ICICI Bank is a desperate attempt of greenmail in frustration and against one of the most reputed institution of India," Kandimalla told PTI from Australia.
Noting that Perdaman's move against ICICI Bank is baseless, Kandimalla said the lender does not have any contractual relationship with the Australian company.
When contacted, an ICICI Bank spokesperson said it has no comments to offer.
Perdaman Industries Chairman & Managing Director Vikas Rambal said: "In light of the Western Australia Supreme Court's finding that Perdaman has a good arguable case and that the case should go to trial, Lanco's statement that Perdaman's claim is baseless can only be regarded as grossly misleading," Rambal said in an e-mailed statement.
"The fact that ICICI has no contractual relationship with Perdaman is irrelevant as this is not a prerequisite
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