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? 

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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