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Former Lotus boss seeks unfair dismissal claim

Former Lotus boss seeks unfair dismissal claim
The former chief executive of sports car manufacturer Group Lotus has filed a multi-million pound compensation claim against the owner of the brand because he believes he was unfairly dismissed.

Dany Bahar, who previously worked at Ferrari and drinks manufacturer Red Bull, was suspended from Lotus in May following an investigation into an unspecified complaint about his conduct.

DRB Hicom, the Malaysian firm that owns the struggling British sports and racing car producer, confirmed it has received the legal filing and said it will "vigorously" defend the company.

Although details of the complaint made against Mr Bahar have not been revealed, insiders have claimed it came about over his use of expenses - resulting in him being fired two months ago.

He was originally hired by Lotus in 2009 from Ferrari, where he was vice-president, in an attempt to turn the ailing business and introduced a five-year plan in 2010 that focused on driving sales in emerging markets.

Posted by Trusha Vyas