Indian doc claims UAE partner cheated him
Though no contract papers were signed, the NRI said he was promised a monthly salary of 9,000 dirhams.india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 21:11 IST
Claiming his business partner's actions caused him to lose 200,000 dirhams and to pawn his wife's jewellery, an Indian doctor has appealed to authorities in the United Arab Emirates to cancel his labour card so that he can return home.
"I have had enough. I don't want compensation. We just want to go back to India. We want our lives back," said Ananda Bhaskar, a father of two who has lived in the UAE for 12 years.
Bhaskar claimed that in August 2003 he went into partnership with a local businessman to open a pharmacy and clinic in Beda Zayed, 150 km from Abu Dhabi. The agreement entailed a 50-50 investment and profit sharing between the two partners.
Though no contract papers were signed, Bhaskar said he was promised a monthly salary of 9,000 dirhams, Gulf News reported.
Bhaskar said he put in more than half the total investment of 160,000 dirhams because he trusted his partner but never received his salary. "I invested 110,000 dirhams while he offered 23,500 dirhams. I took the risk because I didn't believe he would cheat me. It was basic human trust," he said.
The doctor claimed he did not sign a contract because he was keen to start the business and "was confident" his partner was honest.