Auditing major Ernst & Young on Sunday said its valuation of controversial Maytas Properties was for a deal involving existing shareholders of the firm, but declined to comment on whether its report was misused by scam-tainted Satyam Computer.
"We were not given to understand by any party, explicitly or implicitly, during the valuation exercise, about Satyam's plans to acquire Maytas Properties," an E&Y spokesperson said.
Asked if the valuation, which it said was done in an "unrelated context" was misused by Satyam, also founded by Raju, and if E&Y would take any action against the IT firm, the spokesperson said "no comments".
The decision to acquire his family-promoted Maytas Properties and Maytas Infra, whose statutory auditor is also E&Y, proved to be the nemesis of Raju, who was arrested early this month after he disclosed a Rs 7,800-crore fraud.
"Ernst & Young was engaged by a law firm to undertake a valuation of Maytas Properties, as required under the guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India, for a proposed share transaction involving existing shareholders of Maytas Properties Ltd," the spokesperson said.