Despite having been removed from his influential post at the head of Group Lotus, Dany Bahar appears reluctant to give up on his dealings with the marque, having vowed to take it to court over his dismissal.
Bahar was fired from his position as CEO with the Malaysian-owned company following a complaint about his conduct, with the official press release confirming that his contract had 'been terminated .... following the results of an investigation into a complaint made against him by the company's penultimate holding company, DRB-HICOM Berhad'.
Full details about the complaint that led to Bahar's termination remain unrevealed. The 40-year old Swiss national had been suspended from his position two weeks previously, following the original filing of the complaint, which the rumour mill suggests had centred on the misuse of company money to renovate several properties that he owned, as well as to pay for private aircraft. Neither Bahar or Group Lotus has been willing to comment on the speculation, but the former has now apparently expressed the intention to sue his former employer.
According to Swiss newspaper Bilanz
, that Bahar is filing a suit in London's High Court for wrongful termination.
Amid the decisions taken Bahar's spell as CEO, was the withdrawal of sponsorship from the Lotus F1 team, which rebranded itself from Renault to cement the link with the marque.