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Three Eagle Hospitality Trust directors resign

They are among six former and current directors previously held and released on bail


THREE Eagle Hospitality Trust (EHT) independent directors - Tarun Kataria, Lau Chun Wah and Kelvin Tan - who were among those previously arrested and released on bail, have resigned from the firm's board.

Last October, EHT announced that six of its former and current Singapore-based directors had been arrested on "reasonable suspicion" that disclosure requirements may have been breached.

The other directors are Salvatore G Takoushian, Carl Gabriel Florian Stubbe and Ng Kheng Choo.

Some of them currently sit on, or were on the boards of other locally listed companies besides EHT's.

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After news of their arrest broke, at least six other companies and real estate investment trust (Reit) managers made announcements on the status of these directors on their boards.

EHT is a stapled trust comprising Eagle Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust (EH-Reit) and the currently dormant Eagle Hospitality Business Trust, while DBS Trustee is the trustee of EH-Reit.

In a bourse filing on Thursday, DBS Trustee noted that Mr Kataria, 62, had resigned with effect from Dec 31, 2020 to "pursue personal interests". He was also a member of the audit and risk committee, nominating and remuneration committee and special committee.

Among other companies, Mr Kataria also sits on the board of Mapletree Logistics Trust Management.

Meanwhile, Mr Lau has resigned with effect from Jan 5, 2021 to "pursue other personal commitments", DBS Trustee said.

Mr Lau, 66, is also chairman of EHT's nominating and remuneration committee and special committee, as well as a member of the audit and risk committee.

Separately, Mr Tan, 56, is leaving to "explore other opportunities", according to DBS Trustee. The effective date of this cessation is Jan 8, 2021.

Mr Tan currently sits on the board of IReit Global Group, UnUsUaL, as well as Viking Offshore and Marine to name a few.

All three directors were appointed to their positions back in April 2019. Taken together, their resignations leave EHT's audit committee without the requisite minimum of three members.

Over the past 12 months, there have been seven cessations of appointments in the company, a regulatory filing on Thursday shows.

Last week, unitholders of the beleaguered EHT voted against the proposed change of a manager.

Securityholders had voted on four inter-conditional resolutions at an extraordinary general meeting.

In particular, one resolution failed to get the necessary votes to pass: a proposed base fee supplement in order to pay a new Reit manager - SCCPRE Hospitality Reit Management - at least US$4.5 million per year.

Trading in EHT's stapled securities have been voluntarily suspended since March last year.

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