Web Domains Registrations Using Liberty E Mail under Investigation
It appears that British media, which probably could not find a chink in armour earlier, has gone whole hog after Mr Sanjeev Gupta since early March when reports started appearing about the fall of Greensill, a major fund provider to GFG Alliance. Financial Times reported that some companies have launched investigations after web domains resembling their own were registered with a Liberty House email address. The Financial Times discovered that the list includes gunvorsg.com (2016-03-17), concordresources.net (2017-04-20). The purpose of the inscriptions is unknown. It is not known if the corresponding websites have already been set up, but registering a domain allows the use of associated email addresses. While one of the world’s largest oil traders Gunvor declined to comment to FT, London based trading house Concord Resources has said it will send a cease and desist letter to Liberty House over the registration of concordresources.net.
Domain szmhgroups.com (2017-04-05) was registered, which looks like the szmh-group.com website of Salzgitter Mannesmann. Salzgitter Mannesmann said he considers use of the domain by external parties to be misleading and will investigate the matter to examine options to prevent misuse of the domain.
Liberty House’s email address was also used to register dozens of web domains for companies that the steel tycoon insisted on being independent. This gives further indications that a network of companies, nominally controlled by friends and business associates of the metal tycoon, could be deeply linked to Mr Gupta’s steel empire. The records include a web domain for UBG Commodities, which is owned by a close associate of Mr Gupta 74 year-old Cyprus-based businessman Mr Vladimir Delic. Another area is the AarTee Group, which is controlled by Mr Gupta’s long time partner Mr Ravi Trehan.
As per FT report “Most domain name registrations date is from 2015 to 2017, using the email address of Mr Hyder Razvi, a Gupta employee whose LinkedIn profile describes his work as a finance manager for a United Arab Emirates subsidiary. But, Mr Razvi said he had no knowledge of setting up domains.”
GFG Alliance said “We take these allegations very seriously and have opened a third party investigation into the matter.”