Reports suggest Lotus boss Dany Bahar has been suspended over an investigation in to his expenses; Lotus refuses to comment

Dany Bahar's suspension from Lotus is related to an investigation into expenses, according to a reports.

A Lotus spokesman refused to confirm or deny this report when contacted by Autocar, but the Sunday Telegraph claimed his suspension was related to a dispute regarding building work at one of two homes that was rented on his behalf in Norfolk.

Bahar and Lotus are currently in dispute with a self-employed builder in regard to an unpaid bill of £92,845 for work done on one of his homes.

DRB-Hicom, which bought Proton and Lotus in January, announced last week that it was suspending Bahar, pending an investigation.

At the time, a Lotus spokesman stressed to Autocar that the door was open for Bahar to return to the helm of the company if he was cleared of any wrong-doing. It was also confirmed that only Bahar has been suspended in relation to the investigation.

Bahar joined Lotus from Ferrari in 2009. 

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28 May 2012

92k of work? on a rented accommodation? 

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10 years of Smart ownership over, sensible car mode activated

28 May 2012

Still, one supposes small details like this are needed to differentiate the Lotus story from the Saab one.

28 May 2012

This all sounds like a carefully engineered PR excuse to me.  I can't see that in the general scheme of things £92k to DRM-Hicom would matter, especially if it was on one of their own properties.

 

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

28 May 2012

I read the disputed bill was £650k and it was billed to Lotus .

Would I buy a second hand car from this man.....nope . Problem is no one is buying new ones from him either .

The sooner Lotus clear this up the better .

 

28 May 2012

Either there's some truth to these stories and he's a goner, or there's not truth and they're muck raking because they want rid, in which case he's a goner.

 

 

 

R32

28 May 2012

Leslie Brook wrote:

Never trust a cow

Just wondering why - I actually rather like them.  I always thought they were placid and docile creatures so curious why they shouldn't be trusted.  Not having a go, just curious why that's all.

28 May 2012

R32 wrote:

Leslie Brook wrote:

Never trust a cow

Just wondering why - I actually rather like them.  I always thought they were placid and docile creatures so curious why they shouldn't be trusted.  Not having a go, just curious why that's all.

I've witnessed first hand some cows that weren't exactly placid or docile. Appearances can be deceptive.....

29 May 2012

Leslie Brook wrote:

Never trust a cow

I can shed some light on this mystery.  He has a morbid fear of cows.  I have seen him on a walk in the country when, feeling threatened by cows in a field, he threw the dog over a wall and leapt over a gate in order to escape the ravenous beasts.  It reminds me of the time I put a dead spider on the keyboard of a secretary.  We had to peel her off the ceiling.  She was clearly paranoid and there was no way I would admit to having put it there.

28 May 2012

I really hope this isnt just a way of getting rid of him, Lotus could really do with some good news for a change.

28 May 2012

For his own sake, should he maybe have stayed with Ferrari?

For Lotus' benefit, is he really the only driving force behind 5 versions of Lotus?

 

 

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