Goldman intentionally delaying handover of probe docs: Lehman

Bangalore Wed Jun 1, 2011 11:17am EDT

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange near the Goldman Sachs stall July 16, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange near the Goldman Sachs stall July 16, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Bangalore (Reuters) - Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc LEHMQ.PK accused Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) of intentionally trying to delay providing documents related to a probe into market rumors, which may have sped up Lehman's collapse.

In court papers filed on Tuesday, Lehman said Goldman Sachs was deliberately moving at "a glacial pace" to run out the statute of limitations without producing the documents.

Lehman said its investigations had revealed that certain Goldman Sachs employees in London "may have been involved in originating or spreading rumors about Lehman."

A Goldman Sachs spokesman declined to comment on the matter.

Lehman has asked a bankruptcy court to order Goldman Sachs to hand over the documents within two weeks of a decision.

In September 2008, Lehman filed for the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The case is In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No. 08-13555.

(Reporting by Santosh Nadgir in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)