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Volkswagen's troubles pile up, Seoul head office raided

German automaker Volkswagen's troubles continue to pile up. A day after Indian heavy industries minister Anant Geete accused the auto giant of fitting 'cheat' devices on its vehicles sold here, prosecutors in Seoul raided its South Korean head office and seized documents and hard drives.

And in Mexico, the environmental protection agency slapped a $8.9 million fine on the company for importing and selling 2016 model vehicles in the country without an environmental certificate reflecting compliance with emission standards.

According to Yonhap news agency, prosecutors in Seoul raided Volkswagen's head office on Friday and also the homes of company executives in charge of quality control.

"We have made clear that we will fully cooperate with the investigation and our position remains unchanged," an agency quoted a Volkswagen spokesman. Last month, Korea's environment ministry slapped a criminal complaint against Johannes Thammer, the managing director of the local Volkswagen unit, noting that a recall plan for emissions-cheating vehicles was legally deficient.

The German auto giant is facing legal action in many countries including the US, after it admitted in September that it used 'cheat' devices on its vehicles to fake emissions tests on some of its diesel vehicles.