Delhi: The Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the
controversy over foreign shareholding in mobile telecom
firm Hutch-Essar was just a case of transfer of shares
from one party to another and that there was no FDI involved.
the delay in decision by Foreign Investment Promotion
Board (FIPB he said there was no need for an urgency and
that the law ministry had given its view only recently
which it needed time to study.
has deferred the decision for the third time to examine
the law ministry''s views on the foreign shareholding in
India''s fourth-largest mobile company.
in February this year bought a direct 52 per cent stake
in the mobile joint venture for an enterprise value of
FIPB, whose approval
is necessary to complete the deal, is looking into the
minority 12.6 per cent stake held jointly by Hutch-Essar
managing director Asim Ghosh and Max Group chairman Analjit
Singh to see if they are acting as the front companies
of Hutch (earlier) and now of Vodafone.