Adani acquired Mukesh Ambani linked firm’s 29.18% in NDTV and going to buy 26% from market. Prannoy Roy pretends not aware of developments

Through an indirect deal, the media arm of Adani Enterprises, led by Gautam Adani, the fourth richest person in the world, will acquire 29 percent of NDTV’s shares over the next two days

Through an indirect deal, the media arm of Adani Enterprises, led by Gautam Adani, the fourth richest person in the world, will acquire 29 percent of NDTV’s shares over the next two days
Through an indirect deal, the media arm of Adani Enterprises, led by Gautam Adani, the fourth richest person in the world, will acquire 29 percent of NDTV’s shares over the next two days

Hostile takeover? NDTV says 29% were acquired without discussion, consent, or notice

Adani Group on Tuesday announced the purchase of 29.18% NDTV shares of NDTV controlled by Mukesh Ambani linked firm and made their intention to buy 26% of NDTV shares through an open offer. With this move, Gautam Adani-led Adani Media Ventures Ltd (AMVL) will get control of 55.18% stakes in NDTV. Meanwhile, after Adani Group’s announcement, NDTV came out with a statement that they were not consulted and Mukesh Ambani linked firm Vishvapradhan Commercial Pvt Ltd (VCPL) decided to sell their NDTV shares pledged in 2009 and informed only Prannoy Roy and wife Radhika Roy today only.

Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy are currently in Cape Town in South Africa. CBI had already registered FIR in 2017 against the husband-wife for siphoning Rs.350 crore from ICICI Bank through a loan and Rs.40 crore was used to buy a mansion in Cape Town. In 2019, CBI filed another FIR for siphoning more than Rs.800 crore by floating more than 35 companies in many tax havens. To date, CBI has not filed chargesheets in these two cases and many feel that Prannoy Roy has cut a deal by selling his shares in NDTV and moving to South Africa.

Many in the industry and other minority shareholders in NDTV believe, that Prannoy Roy has cut a deal with Adani and told a lie that he was not aware of Mukesh Ambani-linked firm VCPL did not consult. In 2009, VCCPL provided around Rs.500 crore to Prannoy Roy’s shell company RRPR Holdings Limited to cover the ICICI bank loan. ICICI Bank loan was taken to cover the loan from IndiaBulls.

Last year, Adani Media Ventures Ltd (AMVL), the media arm under the group’s flagship Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL), acquired the digital business news platform Quintillion Business Media Pvt Ltd (QBM). It is well known that Adani Group was negotiating to buy NDTV from September 2021 and the deal met a roadblock as Prannoy Roy was seeking a premium of more than Rs.100 crore to settle for the rest of their life in South Africa. In 2017, Spice Jet promoter Ajay Singh also engaged in buying NDTV and left the scene after Prannoy Roy demanded more than Rs.200 crore as a “full and final settlement for life.”

Apart from two CBI cases, NDTV faced probes by Income Tax for tax violations of more than Rs.800 crore. Enforcement Directorate is also probing FEMA violations. Now it s widely believed that Prannoy Roy (73) will buzz off to South Africa after selling the rest of the shares in NDTV.

PGurus Managing Editor Sree Iyer has written a book ‘NDTV Frauds’ in 2017 exposing the tax violations, money laundering, and unethical practices by NDTV.[1]

Sree Iyer recently did videos on the possible deal between Prannoy Roy and Adani Group which will give a safe passage to Prannoy Roy.

Reference:

[1] NDTV Frauds: A classic example of breaking of Law by Indian Media Houses Kindle Edition – Amazo.in

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Joke of the day !! Does Indian court or Indian intelligence or Indian bureaucracy or SEBI or ….etc., none of them know…….. but entire Indian 1.3 population knows it. This can happen only in India

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