ICAI probing ex-COO Vishnu Bhagat’s role in Reebok scam


ICAI probing ex-COO Vishnu Bhagat’s role in Reebok scam

6 Jun 2013

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

(ICAI) has initiated an inquiry against former Reebok India Chief Operating Officer Vishnu Bhagat, one of the accused in the alleged Rs 870-crores fraud in the company. Last year, Reebok India had filed a first information report, alleging fraud by former managing director Subhinder Singh Prem and Bhagat. However, both denied the charges. Later, the Gurgaon police had filed a charge sheet in the case naming Prem, Bhagat and several others. Earlier this year, German sportswear giant Adidas had said its balance sheet for 2011 had taken a hit of 153 million dollars (Rs 863 crores) due to “commercial irregularities” at its arm Reebok India.

In April 2012, the company had stated the estimated negative impact due to the alleged fraud at Reebok India by two senior executives could be up to a pre-tax amount of 125 million dollars (Rs 705 crores). If the auditor was found guilty, ICAI might levy a financial penalty on it and cancel its license. Recently, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, also investigating the case, had submitted a report on the matter to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.