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DMK demands case against Cognizant

Infra News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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Asian Age reported that New Jersey-based IT services and digital technology firm Cognizant ran into rough weather a month ahead of its CEO Francisco D'Souza’s departure, dragging a blue chip Indian company down in its wake. Last week, Cognizant was fined USD 25 million by the US Department of Justice for paying bribes in India, and two of its former executives were charged on 12 counts. Even before the dust settles on this, media reports have emerged that construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) facilitated payment of USD 3.64 million in bribes to Indian government officials on behalf of Cognizant to secure permits, ranging from environmental clearance to electricity connection at the company’s campuses in Chennai and Pune.

Taking a cue from the report that appeared in Mint newspaper, DMK, the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu, has demanded that a case be field against the company.

DMK President Mr MK Stalin recently demanded the registration of a case against Cognizant for bribing Tamil Nadu government officials in an effort to secure construction permits. In a statement, Stalin said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government should assist the state's Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption in acquiring bribery evidence from the US courts.

Mr Stalin accused that the AIADMK government has brought a permanent blot on Tamil Nadu in the global arena by demanding and accepting bribe from Cognizant in 2014 to give construction permits for the KITS campus in Shollinganallur.

As the company came under fire, D'Souza tried to clear the air, in an email to company employees on Monday. The email said Cognizant would continue to ensure that its staff is trained on anti-corruption and made fully aware of compliance policies and procedures. He emphasised on the company’s “zero tolerance’’ for illegal and improper conduct.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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