A typing mistake jumped the annual package of Bhavdeep Singh, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the cash-strapped Fortis Healthcare, to Rs 13 crore. In a single go, his package jumped up four times despite the deteriorating financial health of the company, according to a report in mint. Singh was hired in July at the package of Rs 3.91 crore in July 2015. Following year, his salary jumped to Rs 16.80 crore as per the annual reports of 2015-16 and 2016-17. Over and above this Singh also got the joining bonus of Rs 7.23 crore and 2.5 million as stock options . Also Read - Fortis Healthcare CEO Bhavdeep Singh quits
During the period Fortis Healthcare posted a loss of Rs 73.5 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 74.7 crore in 2016-17, respectively. A Fortis spokesperson informed Mint that the jump in salary was a typing mistake. Also Read - Fortis Healthcare shares tank over 13%; mcap falls by Rs 987 cr
The spokesperson was quoted as saying, “The assertion is factually incorrect as there is a typo in the FY16-17 annual report with an incorrect number, grossly overstating Mr Singh’s income. We are aware of this and a correction will be published in the upcoming 17-18 report. In reality, his income has gone up 6% to 8% in each of the last two years which is very much within the norms (if not lower) of the country today.” Also Read - Value of Fortis-Manipal merged entity to be Rs 15K cr: Fortis CEO
Fortis Healthcare recently initiated legal action to recover about Rs 500 crore of funds allegedly taken out of the company by its founders Malvinder and Shivinder Singh after an external investigation by Luthra and Luthra found hiccups in the loan given. The loans were given to its founders without board approval and enough collaterals.
The Luthra and Luthra as mentioned in the report stated, “objections on record indicate that management personnel and other persons involved were forced into undertaking the ICD (inter-corporate deposit) transactions under the repeated assurance of due repayment and it could not be said that the management was in collusion with the promoters to give ICDs to the borrower companies.”
Malvinder Singh, the elder of the two brothers, reportedly authorised the fund diversion from Fortis Heathcare to related entities. While both the brothers are related to the to firms, Shivinder Singh, the younger brother, remained as a “ghost entity.
The external investigation revealed that loans were given without board approval and enough collaterals. The company also annulled the appointment of Malvinder Singh as ‘Lead: Strategic Initiatives’