Fraud Probe Won’t Derail JSW’s $2.9 Billion Bid for Bhushan

JSW Steel Ltd., India’s most valuable steel producer, said it is likely to go ahead with a 197 billion rupees ($2.9 billion) offer to buy out a stressed steel mill even as a string of accounting frauds were uncovered at the target company, Bloomberg News reported. While JSW is “so far” not backing out of its offer to buy Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd., the company is anxious about the alleged frauds and its impact on the sale process, it’s lawyer Arun Kathpalia said Monday during a hearing at the National Company Law Tribunal. Earlier this month Allahabad Bank Ltd. and Punjab National Bank reported financial frauds amounting to about 18 billion rupees and 38 billion rupees respectively at Bhushan. Shares of JSW jumped as much as 1.8% after erasing losses of 1.6% after its lawyer made the comments in court. Read more

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