IndiGo promoters spat: Rakesh Gangwal denies reports of truce with co-founder Rahul Bhatia, says issues remain unsolved

  • Gangwal last month alleged violations of corporate governance rules at InterGlobe, calling for India’s securities regulator to intervene

  • InterGlobe lost almost $1 billion in market value on 10 July after Gangwal disclosed his complaint to regulators

  • Under Gangwal and Bhatia, IndiGo has grown rapidly since it launched flights in 2006

Bengaluru: A co-founder of India’s biggest airline IndiGo, Rakesh Gangwal, said reports that a truce had been brokered between him and another co-founder Rahul Bhatia over disagreements on corporate governance were “false and misleading.”

In a letter here dated 5 August, Gangwal told the board of IndiGo's parent InterGlobe Aviation Ltd (IGAL) that issues between him and Bhatia remained unresolved.

Gangwal last month alleged violations of corporate governance rules at InterGlobe, calling for India’s securities regulator to intervene.

At the centre of Gangwal’s complaint were Bhatia-controlled IGE Group’s significant controlling rights over IndiGo, which he alleged allows them to carry out “questionable” transactions.

 IndiGo promoters spat: Rakesh Gangwal denies reports of truce with co-founder Rahul Bhatia, says issues remain unsolved

Passengers stand at the ticket counter of Indigo Airlines . Reuters

In the latest letter, disclosed by InterGlobe to exchanges on Tuesday, Gangwal said he did not back a proposal by the airline to expand its board of directors to 10, arguing that it would benefit IGE and help it “rework and dilute” an agreed-upon policy on related-party transactions.

InterGlobe lost almost $1 billion in market value on 10 July after Gangwal disclosed his complaint to regulators, although the shares have recouped most of those losses since then.

The stock rose around 2 percent on 24 July after The Economic Times reported here that InterGlobe Chairman M Damodaran had brokered a truce between the co-founders.

Under Gangwal and Bhatia, IndiGo has grown rapidly since it launched flights in 2006 and now controls a near 50 percent share of the Indian domestic aviation market.

IndiGo, Asia’s most valuable budget airline by market capitalisation, has also accelerated international expansion plans since Jet Airways, once India’s largest private carrier, collapsed in April.

 

Updated Date: Aug 06, 2019 14:39:20 IST