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Vodafone gets FIPB nod to raise stake in India arm

Vodafone's Rs 10,141 crore Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) proposal has been cleared, sources said after the meeting of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in New Delhi.

UK-based telecom firm Vodafone 's Rs 10,000 crore proposal to buy out minority shareholders in its Indian arm was approved by the FIPB on Monday.

Vodafone's Rs 10,141 crore Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) proposal has been cleared, sources said after the meeting of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in New Delhi.

The telecom firm, which holds a 64.38 per cent stake in the Indian unit , will buy remaining outstanding shares from minority shareholders such as Ajay Piramal and Analjit Singh.

Piramal holds a 10.97 per cent stake in India's second-largest telecom company by subscribers, while Singh, who is Vodafone India's non-executive chairman, holds 24.65 per cent.

Vodafone Group will pay Analjit Singh Rs 1,241 crore and Piramal Enterprises Rs 8,900 crore for their stakes in Vodafone India as part of a proposal.

CGP India Investments, an indirect Mauritian subsidiary of Vodafone International Holdings BV, had sought FIPB approval to buy the stake held by minority shareholders in Vodafone India Ltd.

The decision on the Vodafone application was deferred at the previous meeting as comments from the Ministry of Home Affairs were awaited.