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Xiaomi India’s Assets Worth Rs 5,551 Crore Seized Over Violation of Foreign Exchange Law

The Enforcement Directorate accused Xiaomi India of providing misleading information to the banks while remitting the money abroad.

Published: April 30, 2022 3:55 PM IST

By Business Desk | Edited by Manmath Nayak


New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate said on Saturday it has seized assets of Chinese mobile manufacturing company Xiaomi India worth over Rs 5,551 crore for violating the Indian foreign exchange law. In a statement, the ED said the action has been taken against Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited. Notably, the company which is also called Xiaomi India is a trader and distributor of mobile phones in the country under the brand name of MI.

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“Xiaomi India is wholly owned subsidiary of China-based Xiaomi group. This amount of Rs 5,551.27 crore lying in the bank accounts of the company has been seized by the Enforcement Directorate,” the agency said in a statement.

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The ED further added that the seizure of funds has been done under relevant sections of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) after a probe was launched by the federal agency against the company in connection with alleged “illegal remittances” sent abroad by the Chinese firm in February.

The ED said Xiaomi started its operations in India in 2014 and started remitting the money from the next year.

“The company has remitted foreign currency equivalent to Rs 5,551.27 crore to three foreign based entities which include one Xiaomi group entity, in the guise of royalty,” the ED said.

Such huge amounts in the name of royalties were remitted on the instructions of their Chinese “parent group” entities, it alleged.

“The amount remitted to other two US-based unrelated entities were also for the ultimate benefit of the Xiaomi group entities,” the ED said.

The ED further added that while Xiaomi India procures completely manufactured mobile sets and other products from the manufacturers in India it has not availed any service from these three foreign based entities to whom such amounts have been transferred.

“Under the cover of various unrelated documentary facade created amongst the group entities, the company remitted this amount in guise of royalty abroad which constitute violation of section 4 of the FEMA,” it said. The said section of the civil law of FEMA talks about “holding of foreign exchange.”

Moreover, the ED accused Xiaomi India of providing “misleading information” to the banks while remitting the money abroad.

Earlier this month, the ED had also questioned the global vice president of the group, Manu Kumar Jain, at the agency’s regional office in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

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Published Date: April 30, 2022 3:55 PM IST