Shaikh Allauddin Pakir Maiddin is giving sleepless nights to the top brass of South Korean consumer electronics maker Samsung and its chairman, Lee Kun-hee, the richest man in that country. But, unlike the Samsung headquarters that dominates Seoul's skyline, Maiddin's registered office lies in a nondescript four-storied building in the bylanes of Delhi's Shakarpur.
That's the official address mentioned in court papers and shares the 200-square-foot space with fruit juice shops, travel agencies, lawyers, job consultants and electronic equipment sellers in the building.
The Koreans might not have known Maiddin at all - his neighbours in the building, too, have never seen him - if he was not the sole proprietor of JCE Consultancy, the company whose legal battle with Samsung has put chairman Lee in the dock and put the Indian government in a situation where it must intervene to ensure the country's relations with South Korea, and investments from that country, do not get hampered.
Text: Sounak Mitra, Business Standard
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