Share Purchase Agreement Among Bpl Communications Limited Hutchison Essar Limited and Bpl Mobile Cellular Limited 25 November, 2005

Exhibit 4.95

SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT

AMONG

BPL COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

HUTCHISON ESSAR LIMITED

AND

BPL MOBILE CELLULAR LIMITED

25 NOVEMBER, 2005


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

            Page No.
1.   DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION   3
  1.1   Definitions   3
  1.2   Interpretation   7

2.

  AGREEMENT TO SELL AND PURCHASE SHARES   7
  2.2   Purchase and Sale of Sale Shares   7

3.

  PURCHASE CONSIDERATION   8

4.

  CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO COMPLETION   8
  4.1   Conditions Precedent to Completion   8
  4.2   Responsibility for Satisfaction   9

5.

  COMPLETION MECHANISM   9
  5.1   Completion Date; Completion Deliveries   9

6.

  REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES   10
  6.1   Representations and Warranties concerning the Vendors   10
  6.2   Representations and Warranties concerning the Purchaser   11
  6.3   Representations and Warranties concerning the Company   11
  6.4   Reliance   11
  6.5   Separate Warranties   11

7.

  PRE-COMPLETION COVENANTS   11
  7.1   Management of the Company until Completion Date   11
  7.2   Purchaser IPO   13

8.

  ADDITIONAL COVENANTS   13
  8.1   Compliance with Law   13
  8.2   Further Acts   13
  8.3   Use of BPL Brand   13

9.

  INDEMNITY   13
  9.1   Indemnification by the Vendors   13
  9.3   Indemnity Payments   14
  9.4   Notice of Claims   14
  9.5   Limitations on Liability   14
  9.5   Right to Indemnification not Affected by Knowledge   14
  9.6   Non-Exclusive Remedies   14

10.

  TERMINATION   14
  10.1   Termination by the Parties   14
  10.2   Effect of Termination   15

11.

  DISPUTE RESOLUTION   15

12.

  CONTINUING AND BINDING EFFECT OF AGREEMENT   15

13.

  TIME OF ESSENCE   15

 

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14.    CONFIDENTIALITY    16
   14.1    Confidentiality    16
   14.2    Public Announcement    16

15.

   COSTS    16

16.

   AMENDMENT    16

17.

   WAIVER    17

18.

   NOTICES    17

19.

   SEVERABILITY    18

20.

   GOVERNING LAW    18

21.

   COUNTERPARTS    18

22.

   SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE    18

23.

   INTEGRATION    18

 

SCHEDULE 1    ENCUMBERANCES
SCHEDULE 2    REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE VENDOR
SCHEDULE 3    REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE PURCHASER
SCHEDULE 3    REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE COMPANY

 

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SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT

THIS SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT is made this 25th day of November, 2005

AMONG

 

1. BPL Communications Limited, a public limited company incorporated under the provisions of the Indian Companies Act, 1956, as amended, (the “Act”) and havingits registered office at Innovision Center, No.54, Richmond Road, Bangalore 560 025 (“BPL Com” or the “Vendor”);

 

2. BPL Mobile Cellular Limited, a public limited company incorporated under the Act, and having its registered office at BPL Center, #1045/1046, Avanashi Road, Coimbatore 641018. (“BCL” or the “Company”); and

 

3. Hutchison Essar Limited, a public limited company incorporated under the Act and having its registered office at Hutch House, Peninsula Corporate Park, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg,Lower Parel, Mumbai 400 013, India (the “Purchaser”).

RECITALS

 

A. The Company is engaged in the provision of cellular mobile telephone services in respect of two (2) category ‘A’ telecommunications circles in India, i.e.,Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and one (1) category ‘B’ telecommunications circle, i.e., Kerala.

 

B. The Purchaser is engaged in the business of provision of cellular mobile telephone services in India.

 

C. As of the date of this Agreement, the authorized equity share capital of the Company is Rs. 25,000,000,000 divided into 250,000,000 equity shares of Rs. 100each (each, a “Share”). As of the date of this Agreement, the issued, subscribed and paid-up share capital of the Company is Rs. 12,619,795,600 divided into 126,197,956 Shares of Rs 100 each.

 

D. As of the date of this Agreement, BPL Com together with its nominees is the legal and beneficial owner of 126,197,956 fully paid up Shares, representing the entire 100% ofthe issued and outstanding equity share capital of the Company (such Shares, the “Sale Shares”).

 

E. At the request of the Purchaser, the Vendor has agreed to sell to the Purchaser and its nominees, and the Purchaser has agreed to purchase from the Vendor, the Sale Shares, on theterms and subject to the conditions contained in this Agreement.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutualagreements and covenants contained in this Agreement and other good and valuable consideration (the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby mutually acknowledged), each Party hereby agrees as follows:

 

1. DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION

1.1 Definitions. Allterms with initial capital letters used in this Agreement, unless the context otherwise requires, shall have the meanings set forth below:

“Accounts Date” shall mean March 31, 2005;

 

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“Accounts” shall mean the audited balance sheet of the Company, the audited profit and loss account ofthe Company and the auditors’ report thereon, for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2005, jointly audited by A.F. Ferguson & Co and T.Velu Pillai & Co, Chartered Accountants, together with notes to accounts and allother schedules attached thereto;

“Act” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in the preamble tothis Agreement;

“Affiliate” shall mean any Person that is, directly or indirectly, controlling, controlled by, or under common controlwith, any such first referred Person and any officer, director or controlling Person of such Person;

“AggregateLiability Threshold” has the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 9.4(ii);

“Agreement” shall mean this Agreement, andincludes the Recitals and Schedules to this Agreement, and any amendments to this Agreement effected in accordance with the terms of this Agreement;

“Applicable Limitation Date” shall mean 18 months from the date of filing of the audited accounts for the year ending 31st March 2006.

“Articles of Association” shall mean the articles of association of theCompany as amended through the date of this Agreement;

“Board” shall mean the board of directors of theCompany;

“Business” shall mean the business and operations of the Company involving the establishment, maintenance and operation ofcellular mobile telephone services in respect of the category ‘A’ telecommunications circles of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and the category ‘B’ telecommunications circle of Kerala, pursuant to the Licenses;

“Business Day” shall mean a day other than a Saturday or Sunday, on which the principal commercial banks located in Mumbai are open for business duringnormal banking hours;

“Company” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in the preamble to thisAgreement;

“Completion” shall mean the completion of the sale and purchase of the Sale Shares in accordance with the terms of thisAgreement;

“Completion Date” shall mean a date agreed between the Purchaser and the Vendor falling within the 20 days immediatelyfollowing receipt by the Vendor or the Purchaser (as applicable) of the notice of the fulfilment or the waiver of the last outstanding condition among the conditions set forth in Section 4.1 from the Party responsible for fulfilling suchcondition;

“Confidential Information” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 14.1of this Agreement;

“Depository Participant” shall have the meaning ascribed to the term “participant” under the DepositoriesAct, 1996, as amended and will include the depository participant of the Vendor and the Purchaser as the case may be;

“Dispute” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 11(i) of this Agreement;

“DoT” shall mean the Department of Telecommunications of the Government of India;

“Encumbrance” shall mean anymortgage, pledge, equitable interest, assignment by way of security, conditional sales contract, hypothecation, right of other Persons, claim, security interest, encumbrance, title defect, title retention agreement, voting trust agreement, interest,option, lien,

 

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charge, commitment, restriction or limitation of any nature whatsoever, including restriction on use, voting rights,transfer, receipt of income or exercise of any other attribute of ownership, right of set-off, any arrangement (for the purpose of, or which has the effect of, granting security), or any other security interest of any kind whatsoever, or anyagreement, whether conditional or otherwise, to create any of the same;

“Governmental Authority” shall mean any government authority,statutory authority, government department, agency, commission, board, tribunal, stock exchange or court or other law, rule or regulation making entity having or purporting to have jurisdiction on behalf of the Republic of India or any other countryor any state, municipality, district or other subdivision thereof;

“Governmental Authorization” shall mean any authorization, approval,consent, license or permit required from any Governmental Authority;

“IFRS” shall mean InternationalFinancial Reporting Standards;

“Indebtedness” shall mean, with respect to any Person (i) all indebtedness of such Person forborrowed money, (ii) all obligations of such Person for the deferred purchase price of property or services, (iii) all obligations of such Person evidenced by notes, bonds, debentures or other similar instruments, and (iv) allindebtedness of others referred to in clauses (i) through (iii) guaranteed by such Person;

“IndianGAAP” shall mean generally accepted accounting principles in India;

“Individual ClaimThreshold” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 9.4 (i) of this Agreement;

“Initial Deposit” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 3.1 of this Agreement;

“Laws” shall mean all applicable laws, statutes, ordinances, regulations, guidelines, policies and other pronouncements having the effect of law by any country, state, municipality, court, tribunal, agency, government,ministry, department, commission, arbitrator, board, bureau, or instrumentality thereof, or any other Governmental Authority, as currently interpreted and administered;

“Lenders” shall mean, collectively, all the banks and financial institutions which have lent money to the Company;

“Licenses” shall mean the non-exclusive licences granted by the DoT to the Company to establish, maintain and operate cellular mobiletelephone services in respect of (i) the category ‘A’ telecommunications circle of Maharashtra pursuant to the License Agreement no. 842-17/93/TM dated 30 November 1994, (ii) the category ‘A’ telecommunicationscircle of Tamil Nadu pursuant to the License Agreement no. 842-51-A/95 – VAS dated 19 December 1995, and (iii) the category ‘B’ telecommunications circle of Kerala pursuant to the License Agreement no. 842-54(A)/95-VAS dated19 December 1995;

“Long Stop Date” shall mean December 31, 2005,

“Loss(es)” shall mean all or any damages, claims, penalties, fines, costs, amounts paid in settlements, liabilities (including liabilities for Taxes andliabilities and costs associated with the release or discharge of any Encumbrances), obligations, losses and expenses, and fees, including, without limitation, court costs, attorney’s fees, disbursements and expenses;

“Material Adverse Effect” shall mean a material and adverse effect, financial or otherwise, on the Company or the Business and either resulting in anyof the Licences being terminated or having a minimum negative financial impact on the Company of Rs1,000 million;

 

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“Material Contract” means:

 

  (i) any Contract, for the purchase of any property with any supplier or for the furnishing of services to the Company, under the terms of which the Company must pay or otherwise giveconsideration of more than Rs.100 million during the term of such Contract;

 

  (ii) any Contract, for the sale of any property or for the furnishing of services by the Company, under the terms of which the Company is entitled to receive consideration of more thanRs.100 million during the term of such Contract;

 

  (iii) any Contract relating to Indebtedness of the Company;

 

  (iv) any material Contract with any Governmental Authority to which the Company is a party;

 

  (v) any Contract with the Vendor or the Sellers or any Affiliate of the Vendor or the Sellers; and

 

  (vi) any other Contract that is material to the business and operations of the Company.

“Notice” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Article 18 of this Agreement;

“Party” shall mean each of the Vendor, the Purchaser and the Company, and “Parties” shall mean all ofthem collectively;

“Person” shall mean any natural person, limited or unlimited liability company, corporation, general partnership,limited partnership, proprietorship, trust, union, association, court, tribunal, agency, government, ministry, department, commission, self-regulatory organization, arbitrator, board, bureau, instrumentality, or other entity, enterprise, authority,or business organization;

“Purchase Consideration Amount” shall have the meaning ascribed to such termin Section 3 of this Agreement;

“Purchaser” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in thepreamble to this Agreement;

“Purchaser Indemnified Party” shall have the meaning ascribed to such termin Section 9.1 of this Agreement;

“Purchaser Nominee Directors” shall mean the persons nominated by the Purchaser to be directors onthe Board at Completion;

“Re.”, “Rs.” or “Rupees” shall mean thelawful currency of the Republic of India;

“Sale Shares” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term inRecital D of this Agreement;

“Sellers” shall mean Capital Global Limited and Essar Teleholdings Limited, together with the Vendor, thesellers pursuant to a term sheet dated 26 September 2005 in respect of the sale of the Company and BPL Mobile Communications Limited;

“Share(s)” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Recital C of this Agreement;

“Taxes” shall mean, without limitation, all taxes, duties, fees, premiums, assessments, levies and other charges of any kind whatsoever imposed by any Governmental Authority, together with all interest, penalties, fines,additions to tax or other additional amounts imposed in respect thereof;

 

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“Tax Returns” shall mean all tax returns, declarations, statements, reports, schedules, forms,information returns or other documents filed or required to be filed with any Governmental Authority (including any amendments, attachments or exhibits to any of the foregoing);

“US GAAP” shall mean generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America;

“Vendor” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in the preamble to this Agreement;

“Vendor Loan” shall mean an amount of Rs 238 million owed by BPL Com to the Company and agreed to be paid by the Purchaser as described inSection 5.1 (ix) of this Agreement; and

“Vendor Nominee Directors” shall mean, Mr. Anshuman Ruia, Ms. Bindu Saxena,Mr. Vikash Saraf, Mr. Prem Rajani, Mr, Mr. K. Jayabharat Reddy

 

1.2 Interpretation. In this Agreement:

 

  (i) reference to a Party hereunder shall include such Party’s successors, permitted assigns and any persons deriving title under it;

 

  (ii) references to any agreement or document including this Agreement shall include such agreement or document as amended, modified, varied, novated, supplemented or replaced from timeto time in writing signed by the duly authorized representatives of each Party;

 

  (iii) the descriptive headings of Sections are inserted solely for convenience of reference and are not intended as complete or accurate descriptions of the content of such Sections;

 

  (iv) the use of words in the singular or plural, or with a particular gender, shall not limit the scope or exclude the application of any provision of this Agreement to such person orpersons or circumstances unless the context otherwise permits;

 

  (v) the terms “hereof”, “hereto” and “hereunder” and similar expressions mean and refer to this Agreement and not to any particular Section of thisAgreement. The terms “Recital” “Schedule” or “Section” mean and refer to the specified Recital of, Schedule to, and Section of, respectively, this Agreement;

 

  (vi) any grammatical form of a defined term herein shall have the same meaning as that of such term; and

 

  (vii) the words “including” and “includes” herein shall always mean “including, without limitation” and “includes, without limitation”,respectively.

 

2. AGREEMENT TO SELL AND PURCHASE SHARES

2.1 Purchase andSale of Sale Shares. Subject to and in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Vendor shall, together with its nominees as the legal and beneficial owners of the Sale Shares, sell, assign, transfer and deliver the SaleShares to the Purchaser and its nominees, and the Purchaser shall purchase and acquire from the Vendor and its nominees, the Sale Shares, together with all rights, including, without limitation, all ancillary rights now or hereafter attachingthereto, free and clear from any and all Encumbrances, other than the Encumbrances specified in Schedule 1.

 

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3. PURCHASE CONSIDERATION

 

3.1 Purchase Consideration Amount. The consideration for the purchase of the Sale Shares by the Purchaser (the “Purchase Consideration Amount”) shall be Rupees10,710,000,000, together with interest thereon (less the Initial Deposit from the date of payment of the Initial Deposit) for the period 1st August 2005 until the Completion Date, payable by the Purchaser to the Vendor at Completion.

 

3.2 The Purchaser has paid the Vendor, on the date of this Agreement, an interest-free deposit of Rs. 2,000 million, the receipt of which the Vendor hereby acknowledges (the“Initial Deposit”), which Initial Deposit shall be applied towards and against the Purchase Consideration Amount payable by the Purchaser to the Vendor.

 

3.3 Stamp Duty and Capital Gains. Any stamp duty payable under applicable Laws in connection with the transfer of the Sale Shares from the Vendor to the Purchaser shall be paidby the Purchaser.

 

4. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO COMPLETION

 

4.1 Conditions Precedent to Completion. Completion of this Agreement is conditional upon (and accordingly the ownership of the Sale Shares shall not pass until) the fulfilmentand satisfaction of all of the conditions set forth below:

 

  (i) Relevant board and shareholder resolutions, if required, of the Vendor and the Company; in respect of entering into, execution and performance of this Agreement

 

  (ii) The receipt of the consents and permissions of the Lenders, in form and substance satisfactory to the Purchaser and without any amendment to the terms of any existing loan to theCompany other than those agreed to by the Purchaser, for the sale and purchase of the Sale Shares and the consummation of the transactions contemplated in this Agreement.

 

  (iii) The delivery by the Vendor to the Purchaser of:

 

  (a) a certificate of the Board specifying any and all liability of the Company to the Lenders as of the Completion Date;

 

  (b) written notices, in form and substance satisfactory to the Purchaser in its sole discretion, from each Vendor Nominee Director resigning from directorship of the Company andconfirming that such director has no outstanding claims, whether for remuneration or otherwise, against the Company as at the date of such resignation;

 

  (c) evidence to the satisfaction of the Purchaser in its sole discretion that the Vendor together with its nominees are the legal and beneficial owner of the entire 100% issued andoutstanding equity share capital of the Company and that there is no restriction on the transferability of the Sale shares to the Purchaser;

 

  (d) evidence to the satisfaction of the Purchaser in its sole discretion of the discharge or termination by the Vendor or the Company of any Encumbrances on the Sale Shares, other thanany Encumbrances specified in Schedule 1; and

 

  (iv) All representations and warranties of the Vendors, being true and accurate on the date of Completion;

 

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  (v) The dematerialization of the Sale Shares and the Vendor having a demat account to transfer the Sale Shares to the Purchaser in dematerialized form;

 

  (vi) Resolution of the board of directors of the Purchaser in respect of entering into, execution and performance of this Agreement;

 

  (vii) No Law, order, injunction or decree shall have been enacted, entered, promulgated or enforced by any Governmental Authority that prohibits, restricts or makes illegal theconsummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement; and

 

  (viii) Since the date hereof, there shall have occurred no event, condition, practice or other matter or occurrence of any event which has had or which could reasonably be expected to havea Material Adverse Effect and there shall have been no discovery of any such event, condition, practice, matter or occurrence.

 

4.2 Responsibility for Satisfaction.

 

4.2.1 The Vendor and the Company hereby undertake to use all best efforts to ensure the satisfaction of the conditions set out in Sections 4.1(i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and(v) prior to the Long Stop Date. Each Party hereby undertakes to use its reasonable endeavours in assisting the other Parties in ensuring such satisfaction. Without prejudice to the foregoing, the Parties agree that all requests and enquiriesfrom any Governmental Authority shall be dealt with by the Parties in consultation with each other and the Parties shall promptly co-operate with and provide all necessary information and assistance reasonably required by such Governmental Authorityupon being requested to do so by the other Parties.

 

4.2.2 The Parties agree that all applications and notifications required to seek the necessary approvals and consents referred to in Section 4.1 shall be made as soon as reasonablypracticable after the date hereof. The Parties shall at all times keep each other fully informed of the progress of such applications and notifications.

 

4.2.3 Each Party shall promptly give notice to the other Parties of the satisfaction of the relevant conditions, along with documentary evidence, within two (2) Business Days ofbecoming aware of such satisfaction. If at any time, any of the Parties becomes aware of a fact or circumstance that may prevent any of the conditions set forth in Section 4.1 from being satisfied prior to the Long Stop Date, it shall promptlyinform the other Parties in writing.

 

5. COMPLETION MECHANISM

 

5.1 Completion Date; Completion Deliveries. Completion shall take place on the Completion Date, in Mumbai, at the registered office of the Purchaser or at such other place as theParties may agree to in writing. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions to Completion set forth in Section 4.1 of this Agreement, the Parties shall consummate the following transactions on the Completion Date:

 

  (i) The Purchaser shall provide the Vendor its Depository Participant’s ID and client ID.

 

  (ii) The Vendor shall provide its Depository Participant a delivery instruction slip instructing its Depository Participant to debit the Sale Shares from the Vendor’s account, and acopy of such delivery instruction slip acknowledged by the Vendor’s Depository Participant shall be provided to the Purchaser.

 

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  (iii) The Depository Participant of the Purchaser shall confirm that the Sale Shares have been received in the Purchaser’s account.

 

  (iv) The Vendor shall deliver to the Purchaser a certificate, in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Purchaser, stating that (a) the Vendor has performed and complied with all thecovenants and agreements required to be performed by the Vendor under this Agreement on or prior to Completion and (b) the representations and warranties set forth in Sections 6.1 and 6.3 hereof are true and correct at and as of the CompletionDate,

 

  (v) The Company shall deliver to the Purchaser a certificate, in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Purchaser, stating that (a) the Company has performed and complied with allthe covenants and agreements required to be performed by the Company under this Agreement on or prior to Completion and (b) the representations and warranties set forth in Section 6.3 hereof are true and correct at and as of the CompletionDate.

 

  (vi) The Vendor shall deliver or cause to be delivered to the Purchaser, copies, certified as true by a director of the Company, of resolutions of the Board, in form and substancesatisfactory to the Purchaser in its sole discretion, approving:

 

  (a) the transfer of the Sale Shares to the Purchaser and its nominees;

 

  (b) the registration of the Purchaser and its nominees as the transferee of the Sale Shares in the Company’s Register of Members;

 

  (c) the appointment of the Purchaser Nominee Directors; and

 

  (d) the acceptance of the resignation of the Vendor Nominee Directors, such resignation to take effect on Completion.

 

  (vii) The Purchaser shall deliver to the Vendor the Purchase Consideration Amount less the Initial Deposit.

 

  (viii) The Vendor shall deliver to the Purchaser a receipt evidencing receipt by the Vendor of the Purchase Consideration Amount.

 

  (ix) the assumption by or novation to the Purchaser of the Vendor Loan shall be deemed to take place on the Completion Date so that the Purchaser shall as from the Completion Date besolely responsible for all liabilities in connection with the Vendor Loan and the Company hereby consents to such assumption or novation.

The Parties agree that all proceedings and actions to be taken and all documents to be executed and delivered by the Parties at the Completion shall be deemed to have been taken and executed simultaneously and noproceedings shall be deemed to have been taken nor documents executed or delivered unless and until all proceedings, action and documents, have been taken, executed and delivered, as the case may be.

 

6. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

6.1 Representations and Warranties concerning the Vendor. The Vendor hereby represents and warrants to and for the benefit of the Purchaser, as of the date of this Agreement andas of the Completion Date, the representations and warranties specified in Schedule 2 to this Agreement.

 

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6.2 Representations and Warranties concerning the Purchaser. The Purchaser hereby represents and warrants to and for the benefit of the Vendor, as of the date of this Agreementand as of the Completion Date, the representations and warranties specified in Schedule 3 to this Agreement,

 

6.3 Representations and Warranties concerning the Company. The Vendor and the Company hereby jointly and severally represent and warrant to and for the benefit of the Purchaser,as of the date of this Agreement and as of the Completion Date, the representations and warranties specified in Schedule 4 to this Agreement.

 

6.4 Reliance. The Vendor and the Company acknowledges that the Purchaser has and the Purchaser acknowledges that the Vendor has entered into this Agreement upon the basis of, andin reliance upon, the representations and warranties herein contained. The Parties acknowledge that the rights and remedies of the Purchaser under this Agreement shall not in any manner be affected by any investigation conducted with respect to, orany knowledge acquired (or capable of being acquired) at any time, whether before or after the Completion Date, with respect to the accuracy or inaccuracy of any representation or warranty herein contained.

 

6.5 Separate Warranties. Each of the representations and warranties herein contained shall be separate and independent and shall not be limited by reference to any otherrepresentation or warranty or by any other provision of this Agreement.

 

7. PRE-COMPLETION COVENANTS

 

7.1 Management of the Company until Completion Date. Prior to the Completion, unless the Purchaser otherwise agrees in writing and except as expressly contemplated by thisAgreement, the Vendor and the Company shall not, and the Vendor shall cause the Company not to:

 

  (i) manage or conduct the Business other than in its ordinary course of business;

 

  (ii) sell, transfer, contribute, distribute, or otherwise dispose of any assets of the Company or create or allow to be created or suffer any Encumbrance over any of its assets includingintangible assets or agree to do any of the foregoing, to any Person, or negotiate or have any discussions with any Person with respect to any of the foregoing, other than in the ordinary course of business;

 

  (iii) assign, transfer or give right to use any intellectual property or the technical know-how owned or licensed to the Company in relation to the Business of the Company to any otherthird Person;

 

  (iv) incur any capital expenditure on any single item in excess of Rs.100,000,000 or aggregate capital expenditure in excess of Rs.500,000,000, or enter into any contract or commitmenttherefor;

 

  (v) enter into any contract with any Affiliate of the Company or the Vendor;

 

  (vi) enter into any new Material Contract other than renewal of an existing Material Contract on substantially similar commercial terms;

 

  (vii) alter the terms of any existing Material Contract;

 

  (viii) borrow any funds in excess of Rs.100,000,000 in aggregate or incur any other Indebtedness or liability to any Person in excess of Rs.100,000,000 in aggregate;

 

  (ix) amend its memorandum and/or articles of association in any manner;

 

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  (x) authorize the issuance of, or issue, sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any shares, warrants or other securities convertible into shares or stock options or bonus or enter intoany contract with any Person in respect of the same, other than as contemplated in this Agreement;

 

  (xi) directly or indirectly declare, pay, make or otherwise effectuate any dividends, distributions, redemption, equity repurchases or other transactions involving the Company’scapital stock or equity securities;

 

  (xii) withdraw, cancel, transfer or permit to lapse any of the Governmental Authorizations obtained by the Company to carry on its business;

 

  (xiii) make any loans to or take any loans from any employee or officer of the Company or alter the employment terms of any senior employee;

 

  (xiv) cancel any debts or claims or make any diminution in the tangible assets of the Company or enter into any lease or service agreements or waive any rights of substantial value exceptin the ordinary course of business;

 

  (xv) engage in any activity other than in the ordinary course of business which would delay the collection of its accounts or notes receivable, or accelerate the payment of its accountspayable or accelerate its capital expenditure;

 

  (xvi) dispose of any interest in the Sale Shares or grant any option or right of pre-emption over, or create or allow to be created or suffer any Encumbrances over, the Sale Shares;

 

  (xvii) in connection with a claim by or liability to a third party, no admission of liability shall be made by or on behalf of the Company and no such claim shall be compromised, disposedof or settled by the Company;

 

  (xviii) do or omit to do or cause or allow to be done or omitted to be done any act or thing which would result (or be likely to result) in a breach of this Agreement or have (or be likelyto have) a Material Adverse Effect;

 

  (xix) amend the terms of any loan facilities or debentures, available to or issued by the Company in any detrimental way;

 

  (xx) extend or grant any loans by the Company to the Vendor or its respective shareholders, or guarantee any Indebtedness incurred by the Vendor or its respective shareholders;

 

  (xxi) take any act equivalent to liquidating the Company; or

 

  (xxii) take or refrain from taking any action which has or may have the effect of jeopardising the continuation of the Licences;

In addition the Vendor and the Company shall provide the Purchaser with fortnightly cash flow and monthly profit and loss accounts in respect of theCompany. Additionally, a designated representative of the Purchaser shall be entitled to schedule a fortnightly meeting with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company to discuss operational issues. In the event of anymeetings of the Board being held between the date of this Agreement and the Completion Date, the Purchaser will be provided with the agenda as well as the minutes of such Board meetings and will also be entitled to have a representative attend suchBoard meetings as an observer or, in the case of written resolutions, be provided with a draft of such written resolutions before they are circulated to the directors of the Company and, when passed, a copy of the signed resolutions.

 

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7.2 Purchaser IPO. At any time prior to Completion, if the Purchaser undertakes an initial public offering of its shares, the Vendor shall, and shall cause the Company to:

 

  (i) provide and/or procure all information requested by the Purchaser, including with respect to the business, finances, operations and prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries,associates and joint ventures, and if necessary, any such information with respect to the Vendor, and will extend full cooperation to the Purchaser; and

 

  (ii) prepare and/or restate financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, under Indian GAAP, IFRS and/or US GAAP and/or therules/regulations of any Governmental Authority, for such financial periods and in such manner as requested by the Purchaser, including preparation or assistance in preparation of consolidated, combined, pro forma and/or restated financialstatements by the Purchaser.

 

8. ADDITIONAL COVENANTS

 

8.1 Compliance with Law. The Parties shall be responsible for their respective compliance obligations under the Laws of the Republic of India pursuant to this Agreement, andshall fulfil such compliance obligations in a manner that does not cause any undue delay in the implementation of this Agreement. The Parties shall, and shall cause the Company to, use, in each case, reasonable efforts to complete at the earliestany filing or receipt of any and all governmental and non-governmental filings, authorizations, consents and approvals that may be required for the sale and purchase of the Sale Shares and the consummation of the transactions contemplated under thisAgreement.

 

8.2 Further Acts. The Parties shall, with reasonable diligence, do all such things and provide all such reasonable assurances as may be required to consummate the transactionscontemplated by this Agreement, and each Party shall provide such further documents or instruments required by any other Party as may be necessary or desirable to effect the purpose of this Agreement and carry out its provisions, whether before orafter Completion.

 

8.3 Use of BPL Brand. The Vendor shall procure for the Company the right to use the trademark and the other intellectual property rights related to, and required in order toenable the full use of the brand “BPL Mobile” without charge during a transition period up to 31st March 2006 (and the Vendor shall use its best endeavours to extend such rights for use of the BPL Mobile brand to 30 June 2006) sothat the Purchaser can transition from this brand to its own brand in an orderly manner. The Vendor shall also procure and ensure that prior to the Completion Date, the Company has ownership and unrestricted use of the trademark and the otherintellectual property rights related to, the brand “MOTS”.

 

9. INDEMNITY

 

9.1 Indemnification by the Vendor. Upon Completion the Purchaser shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Vendor for any Loss suffered or incurred by the Purchaser inconnection with, arising out of or resulting from:

 

  (i) breach of any representation and/or warranty made by the Vendor or the Company contained in this Agreement; and

 

  (ii) any breach or failure of performance (in whole or in part) of any covenant, obligation or agreement by the Vendor or the Company contained in this Agreement.

 

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9.2 Indemnity Payments. Any payment made by the Company or the Vendor pursuant to Section 9.1 shall be made free and clear of and without deduction for or on account of anyTaxes, charges, fees, costs, expenses or duties except as may be required by any Law. If any Taxes or amounts in respect of such charges, fees, costs, expenses or duties must be deducted, or any other deductions must be made, from any amountspayable or paid pursuant to Section 9.1 such additional amounts must be paid by the applicable Party as may be necessary to ensure that the receiving Party receives a net amount equal to the full amount which it would have received had paymentnot been made subject to such Taxes, charges, fees, costs, expenses or duties.

 

9.3 Notice of Claims. Any indemnifiable claim under this Agreement must, in order to be valid and effective hereunder, be asserted by the Purchaser by delivery of written noticethereof to the Vendor, provided that if such claim is under Section 9.1(i), it must be delivered on or before the Applicable Limitation Date.

 

9.4 Limitations on Liability. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the indemnification obligations of the Vendor and the Company under Section 9.1(i),shall be subject to the following limitations:

 

  (i) No Party shall be liable, pursuant to Section 9.1(i), to indemnify the other Party(ies) for any individual claim relating to any breach of, or any matter inconsistent with, anyrepresentation or warranty contained herein, unless such claim is for Losses in excess of Rs. 2,500,000 (the “Individual Claim Threshold”); and

 

  (ii) No Party shall be liable, pursuant to Section 9.1(i) to indemnify the other Party(ies) for any claim(s) relating to any breach of, or any matter inconsistent with, anyrepresentation or warranty contained herein, unless the Losses from such claims (each such claim exceeding the Individual Claim Threshold) in the aggregate exceed Rs. 25,000,000 (the “Aggregate Liability Threshold”). After theLosses exceed the Aggregate Liability Threshold, the indemnifying Party shall pay all Losses, subject only to Section 9.4(i).

 

9.5 Right to Indemnification not Affected by Knowledge. The right to indemnification, payment of damages or any other remedy based on the representations, warranties, covenantsand agreements contained in this Agreement shall not be affected by any investigation conducted with respect to, or any knowledge acquired (or capable of being acquired) at any time, whether before or after Completion, with respect to the accuracyor inaccuracy of or compliance or non-compliance with, any such representation, warranty, covenant, obligation or agreement.

 

9.6 Non-Exclusive Remedies. The foregoing indemnification provisions set forth in this Clause 9 are in addition to, and not in derogation of, any statutory, equitable or commonlaw remedy that may be available to any Party.

 

10. TERMINATION

 

10.1 Termination by the Parties. This Agreement may be terminated in any of the following manners:

 

  (i) At any time, on or prior to Completion, (a) by the Vendor or the Company in writing, if the Purchaser has materially breached any representation, warranty, covenant oragreement contained in this Agreement, (b) by the Purchaser in writing, if the Vendor or the Company has materially breached any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement contained in this Agreement, and provided further that, if any suchbreach is capable of cure, the Party seeking to terminate the Agreement has first provided written notice in reasonable detail of such breach to the breaching Party and given the Party in breach thirty ( 30) days to cure such breach;

 

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  (ii) At any time, on or prior to Completion, by the Purchaser in writing if it determines that any of the conditions set out in Section 4.1 are incapable of being satisfied; or

 

  (iii) By any Party in writing if Completion has not taken place on or prior to the Long Stop Date.

Upon termination for any reason, the Initial Deposit shall be repaid to the Purchaser promptly and in any event no later than 5 business days after suchtermination.

 

10.2 Effect of Termination. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 10.1 above, this Agreement and any documents delivered pursuant hereto shall have no furtherforce or effect and, unless expressly provided otherwise in this Agreement, no Party shall have any further liability or obligation with respect to this Agreement. The provisions of Sections 1, 9, this Section 10.2, Sections 11, 14, 15, 18, 19,20, 21 and 22 shall survive the termination of this Agreement and nothing herein shall relieve any Party from its obligations under such provisions or from any liability pursuant to this Agreement prior to its termination.

 

11. DISPUTE RESOLUTION

 

  (i) Any dispute, difference or claim, that is not settled within 30 Business Days of the date on which such dispute, difference or claim is raised, arising out of or in connection withthis Agreement including the construction, validity, execution, performance, termination or breach hereof (a “Dispute”) shall be referred to final and binding arbitration under the Rules of Arbitration and Reconciliation Act, 1996(“Arbitration Act”). Such arbitration shall be held in Mumbai, India. All proceedings of such arbitration shall be in the English language.

 

  (ii) The arbitration panel shall consist of three arbitrators. Each party to the Dispute shall appoint one arbitrator and the presiding arbitrator shall be appointed in accordance withthe Arbitration Act.

 

  (iii) The arbitral award/s rendered shall be final and binding and shall not be subject to any form of appeal. All reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including, without limitation,reasonable attorneys’ fees) incurred by any Party in connection with any Dispute will be paid by the other Parties in accordance with the directions of the sole arbitrator.

 

12. CONTINUING AND BINDING EFFECT OF AGREEMENT

 

12.1 Subject to Section 10, the provisions of this Agreement shall so far as they are capable of being performed continue in full force and effect notwithstanding Completion exceptin respect of matters then already performed.

 

12.2 For the avoidance of doubt, this Agreement shall be binding on and shall inure to the benefit of each Party’s successors in interest. The Parties shall not assign or transferany of their respective rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior consent in writing of the other Parties.

 

13. TIME OF ESSENCE

Any time or periodmentioned in any provision of this Agreement may be extended by mutual agreement between the Parties but as regards any time, date or period originally fixed or any time, date or period so extended, time shall be of the essence.

 

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14. CONFIDENTIALITY

 

14.1 Confidentiality. Any communications between the Parties, the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the documents contemplated hereby, the transactions contemplatedhereunder and there under, and any other information and other material supplied to or received by one Party from the other Party which is either marked “Confidential” or is by its nature intended to be exclusively for the knowledge of therecipient alone and any information concerning the Business of the Company, or the business, transactions, operations or financial arrangements of the disclosing Party or of any Person with whom any of them has a confidential relationship (together,the “Confidential Information”), shall not be disclosed by the recipient to any third Persons (other than to the recipient’s Affiliates or their officers, employees and advisers on a need to know basis) unless or until:

 

  (i) such information is received from a third Person without any condition of confidentiality; or

 

  (ii) the recipient or any Affiliate of the recipient is required to disclose such information by any Governmental Authority (including, without limitation under the rules of any relevantstock exchange), or pursuant to any Law; or

 

  (iii) the recipient can reasonably demonstrate that the information is available in the public domain, whereupon, to the extent that it is public, this obligation shall cease; or

 

  (iv) it is required to be furnished to the bankers of and in such case such disclosure shall only be made in confidence and the recipient shall procure that each such Person to whomdisclosure is made shall before such disclosure give an undertaking on the same terms as this Section 14.1; or

 

  (v) such information is required to be disclosed to any stock exchange or any regulatory or administrative authority or in an offer document in connection with the offering of anysecurities and/or the listing of any Party or any of its Affiliates or their securities on any stock exchange.

 

14.2 Public Announcement. The Parties or their respective Affiliates shall not issue, or cause the publication of, any press release or other announcement or public communicationconcerning the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except (i) with the prior approval of the other Parties, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, or (ii) when required by Law, after intimation (of not less than thirtysix (36) hours prior to such press release, announcement or communication unless otherwise required by any Governmental Authority) to the other Parties, and then only to the extent required by Law.

 

15. COSTS

Each Party shall bear its own legaland other costs and expenses incurred by it in connection with the preparation and execution of this Agreement and the sale and purchase of the Sale Shares.

 

16. AMENDMENT

No amendment, supplement,modification or clarification to this Agreement shall be valid or binding unless set forth in writing and duly executed by all the Parties to this Agreement.

 

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17. WAIVER

The failure to exercise any rights,elections or remedies provided for herein shall not be considered a waiver of such provision, right, election or remedy or in any way affect the validity of this Agreement. The failure of any Party to enforce any such rights, elections or remediesshall not preclude such Party from later enforcing or exercising any rights, elections or remedies that it may have under this Agreement. Any waiver of a provision, right or remedy will be effective only when communicated in writing.

 

18. NOTICES

Any notice or other writingrequired or permitted to be given under this Agreement or for the purposes of this Agreement (“Notice”) shall be in writing and shall be sufficiently given if delivered, or if sent by prepaid registered mail or if transmitted byfacsimile or other form of recorded communication tested prior to transmission to such Party:

 

  (a) in the case of a Notice to the Vendor at:

BPL Communications Limited

127, BPL Center, Manmala Tank Road,

Taikalwadi, Mumbai 400 016

Attention:     Ms. K. Madhvi, Company Secretary

Fax:            +91 22 2430 8784

 

  (b) in the case of a Notice to the Purchaser at:

Hutchison Essar Limited

Hutch House

Peninsula Corporate Park

Ganpatrao Kadam Marg

Lower Parel

Mumbai 400 013, India

Attention:     Company Secretary

Fax:            + 91 22 5666 1241

 

  (c) in the case of a Notice to the Company at:

BPL Mobile Cellular Limited

127, BPL Center, Manmala Tank Road,

Taikalwadi, Mumbai 400 016

Attention:     Mr. Vikash Saraf, Director

Fax:            +91 22 2430 8784 / +91 22 2495 4773

or at such other address as theParty to whom such Notice is to be given shall have last notified the Party giving the same in the manner provided in this Section. Any Notice delivered to the Party to whom it is addressed as provided above shall be deemed to have been given andreceived on the day it is so delivered at such address, provided that if such day is not a Business Day then the Notice shall be deemed to have been given and received on the next Business Day. Any Notice sent by prepaid registered mail shall bedeemed to have been given and received on the fifth Business Day following the date of its mailing. Any Notice transmitted by facsimile or other form of recorded communication shall be deemed given and received on the first Business Day after itstransmission.

 

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19. SEVERABILITY

If any provision of thisAgreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, such invalidity or unenforceability shall attach only to such provision or the applicable part of such provision, and the remaining part of such provision and all otherprovisions of this Agreement shall continue to remain in full force and effect.

 

20. GOVERNING LAW

This Agreement shall begoverned by, and construed in accordance with, the Laws of the Republic of India.

 

21. COUNTERPARTS

This Agreement may be executedin separate counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered shall be deemed to be an original, but all such counterparts shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

22. SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE

Each of the Partiesacknowledges and agrees that the other Parties would be damaged irreparably in the event any of the provisions of this Agreement are not performed in accordance with their specific terms or otherwise are breached. Accordingly, each of the Partiesagree that the other Parties shall be entitled to an injunction or injunctions to prevent breaches of the provisions of this Agreement and to enforce specifically this Agreement and the terms and provisions hereof, in addition to any other remedy towhich they may be entitled, at equity or in law.

 

23. INTEGRATION

This Agreement constitutes the entireagreement, and supersedes any previous agreements, between the Parties relating to the subject matter of this Agreement, except for the binding term sheet dated 26 September 2005 (the “Term Sheet”) between the Purchaser, the Vendor,Essar Teleholdings Limited and Capital Global Limited, which shall survive the entering into of this Agreement; provided, that in the event of any express conflict or inconsistency between the provisions of this Agreement and the provisionsof the Term Sheet, the provisions of this Agreement will govern and prevail.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties have enteredinto this Agreement the day and year first above written.

 

Witnessed by:   BPL COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

Name:

 

 

  By:  

 

Address:

 

 

  Name:  
 

 

  Title:  
    HUTCHISON ESSAR LIMITED
Name:  

 

  By:  

 

Address:  

 

  Name:  
 

 

  Title:  

 

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    BPL MOBILE CELLULAR LIMITED
Name:  

 

  By:  

 

Address:  

 

  Name:  
 

 

  Title:  

 

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SCHEDULE 1

Encumbrances on Sale Shares

BCL

 

Pledgee

   No of Shares    % of Equity    

Particulars of pledge

(what facility etc)

  

Status of Shares

(Demat/ physical)

Western India Trustee & Executor Co. Ltd. (as security trustee for CDR lenders)

   126,197,854    100 %   Under the CDR Scheme dated April 27, 2004 sanctioned by the Corporate Debt Restructuring Cell   

Demat : 39,557,876

 

 

Physical 86,639,978

                

Total

   126,197,854    100 %     
                

List of CDR Lenders and amounts owed as on September 30, 2005

 

CDR LENDERS

   AMOUNTS OWED (in Rs)

ICICI Bank Limited

   9,119,985,859

IDBI Bank Limited

   5,345,477,443

Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd

   2,922,331,976

Bank Of India

   709,091,010

Life Insurance Corporation of India

   571,841,547

ABN Amro Bank

   549,040,823

Note : Proportionate Preference dividend accrued upto September 30, 2005 has been added to individualoutstanding amounts

 

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SCHEDULE 2

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE VENDOR

 

2.1.1 Organization of the Vendor; Authority. The Vendor is duly organized and validly existing under the Laws of the Republic of India and has the requisite corporate power,authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement, and the other documents contemplated hereby to which the Vendor is a party, and to perform its obligations hereunder and there under. This Agreement and the other documents contemplated hereby towhich the Vendor is a party have been duly executed and delivered by the Vendor and constitute valid, legal and binding obligations of the Vendor, enforceable against the Vendor in accordance with their terms, except to the extent that enforcementmay be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency or other Laws of general applicability affecting creditors’ rights or the application of equitable principles.

 

2.1.2 Absence of Conflict. Except as disclosed, in writing by the Vendor, prior to the date of this Agreement, neither the execution and the delivery of this Agreement and theother documents contemplated hereby to which the Vendor or the Company is a party, nor, subject to the receipt of the consents and approvals contemplated in Section 4.1, the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby,shall (i) conflict with, result in breach of any of the provisions of, (ii) constitute a default under, (iii) result in the violation of, or (iv) give any third Person the right to terminate or to accelerate any obligation under,the provisions of any indenture, mortgage, lease, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which the Vendor or the Company is bound or affected, or pursuant to any Laws. Except as disclosed, in writing by the Vendor, prior to the date ofthis Agreement, neither the execution and the delivery of this Agreement and the other documents contemplated hereby to which the Vendor or the Company is a party, nor, subject to the receipt of the consents and approvals contemplated inSection 4.1, the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, shall result in the creation of any Encumbrance upon the Sale Shares.

 

2.1.3 Good Title. The Vendor’s ownership of the Sale Shares consists of good, valid and indefeasible title, free and clear of any and all Encumbrances, except as disclosed inSchedule 1. Except as disclosed, in writing by the Vendor, prior to the date of this Agreement, the Vendor is not a party to any option, warrant, right, contract, call, put or other agreement or commitment providing for the disposition oracquisition of any Sale Shares other than this Agreement. Except as disclosed in writing by the Vendor, prior to the date of this Agreement, the Vendor is not a party to any voting trust, proxy or other agreement or understanding with respect to thevoting of any of the Sale Shares or any agreement that requires or may require additional Shares of the Company to be issued or allotted beyond its present issued Shares nor have any claims been made by any person entitled or claiming to be entitledto any of the foregoing. Except as disclosed in Schedule 1, the Vendor will at Completion be entitled to sell and transfer the Sale Shares and pass full legal and beneficial ownership thereof to the Purchaser free from any Encumbrance, inaccordance with the terms of this Agreement.

 

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SCHEDULE 3

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE PURCHASER

 

3.1.1 Organization of the Purchaser; Authority. The Purchaser is duly organized and validly existing under the Laws of the Republic of India and has the requisite corporate power,authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement, and the other documents contemplated hereby to which the Purchaser is a party, and to perform its obligations hereunder and there under. This Agreement and the other documents contemplated herebyto which the Purchaser is a party have been duly executed and delivered by the Purchaser and constitute valid, legal and binding obligations of the Purchaser, enforceable against the Purchaser in accordance with their terms, except to the extentthat enforcement may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency or other Laws of general applicability affecting creditors’ rights or the application of equitable principles.

 

3.1.2 Absence of Conflict. Except as disclosed, in writing by the Purchaser, prior to the date of this Agreement, neither the execution and the delivery of this Agreement and theother documents contemplated hereby to which the Purchaser is a party, nor, subject to the receipt of the consents and approvals contemplated in Section 4.1, the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, shall(i) conflict with, result in breach of any of the provisions of, (ii) constitute a default under, (iii) result in the violation of, or (iv) give any third Person the right to terminate or to accelerate any obligation under, theprovisions of any indenture, mortgage, lease, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which the Purchaser is bound or affected, or pursuant to any Laws.

 

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SCHEDULE 4

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE COMPANY

 

  (a) Organisation, Good Standing. The Company is a closely-held public company duly incorporated, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of India with the requisitecorporate power to own, operate or lease its properties and to carry on the business in which it is presently engaged.

 

  (b) Information. The Vendor has made all such disclosures as required by the Purchaser.

 

  (c) Capitalisation and Voting Rights. There are no outstanding securities, obligations, rights, subscriptions, warrants, options or other contracts of any kind that give anyperson the right to purchase or otherwise receive or be issued any share in the share capital of the Company (or any interest therein) or any security of any kind convertible into or exchangeable for any shares in the share capital of the Company(or any interest therein), other than under the Lenders financing documents as disclosed to the Purchaser.

 

  (d) Approvals and Licenses. The Company has been granted, and there are now in force, all necessary approvals and licenses for provision of the cellular mobile telephone servicesin the respective telecom circles services and for the proper carrying on of its business in the places and in the manner in which such business is now carried on and there are no facts or matters which have occurred or are likely to occur whichwill or are likely to occur which will or are likely to result in a revocation or suspension of any such approvals or licenses.

 

  (e) Since the Accounts Date, except as disclosed, in writing, together with supporting documents:

 

  (i) The Company has not disposed of or parted with possession of any of their assets or entered into any transaction or assumed or incurred any liabilities or made any payment, exceptin the ordinary and usual course of trading and at arm’s length;

 

  (ii) there has been no material adverse change in the financial position or trading prospects or turnover of the Company and no event, fact or matter has occurred or is likely to occurwhich will or is likely to give rise to any such charge;

 

  (iii) all payments of money received by the Company has been credited to its accounts with its bankers.

 

  (f) Since the last audited accounts of 31st March 2005, the Company has not acquired or agreed to acquire any asset the consideration for the acquisition of which was or will be in excess of its market value.

 

  (g) The Company has not disposed or agreed to dispose of any asset, the consideration for the disposal of which was or will be less than its market value, or where consideration payableby instalments where any instalment remains unpaid.

 

  (h) Except as disclosed in writing prior to the date of this Agreement, such assets as stated in the books of account as at the Accounts Date continue to be owned by the Company andthat no sale of any material assets has taken place since the last Accounts Date

 

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  (i) The Company has the requisite corporate power, authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement, and the other documents contemplated hereby to which it is a party, and toperform its obligations hereunder and there under. This Agreement and the other documents contemplated hereby to which the Company is a party have been duly executed and delivered by the Company and constitute valid, legal and binding obligations ofthe Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with their terms, except to the extent that enforcement may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency or other Laws of general applicability affecting creditors’ rights or theapplication of equitable principles.

 

  (j) Except as disclosed in writing by the Vendor prior to the date of this Agreement, neither the execution and the delivery of this Agreement and the other documents contemplatedhereby to which the Company is a party, nor, subject to the receipt of the consents and approvals contemplated in Section 4.1, the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, shall (i) conflict with, result in breachof any of the provisions of, (ii) constitute a default under, (iii) result in the violation of, or (iv) give any third Person the right to terminate or to accelerate any obligation under, the provisions of any indenture, mortgage,lease, loan agreement or instrument to which the Company is bound or affected, or pursuant to any Laws. Neither the execution and the delivery of this Agreement and the other documents contemplated hereby to which the Company is a party, nor,subject to the receipt of the consents and approvals contemplated in Section 4.1, the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, shall result in the creation of any Encumbrance upon the Sale Shares.

 

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