Former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, fired in June following an investigation into his conduct while at the helm, has filed a claim against the company and its Malaysian owner DRB-Hicom for wrongful dismissal.
Bloomberg reports that DRB announced Bahar is seeking 6.7 million pounds ($10.2 million) from the group for alleged unlawful early termination of his employment.
DRB was quoted in a Kuala Lumpur stock exchange filing as saying, “Dany Bahar was dismissed after an investigation into his stewardship of Lotus. We believe we have acted properly at all times.”
DRB and Lotus oppose and defend the claim and will be filing their own counter-claims against him, the report says.
Bahar came to the British marque in 2009 from Ferrari and proved instrumental in seeing the Lotus name return to Formula One while attempting to expand the brand’s road-car range of vehicles.