Infosys faces whistleblower complaint alleging ‘unethical practices’

Bengaluru: An anonymous group claiming to be employees of IT major Infosys has written to the company’s board accusing CEO Salil Parekh and CFO Nilanjan Roy of indulging in “unethical practices” to boost short-term revenue and profits.
“We have high respect for all of you and bring to your notice the unethical practices of CEO in recent quarters. Same measures are taken up in the current quarter also to boost short term revenue and profits,” the letter addressed to Board of Directors dated September 20, read.
Calling themselves as “ethical employees”, the “whistleblowers” have said that they have emails and voice recordings on these matters.
“We hope the Board will conduct immediate investigation and take action,” they added. The Bengaluru-headquartered Infosys said the whistleblower complaint has been placed before the Audit Committee as per the company’s practice.
“The whistleblower complaint has been placed before the Audit Committee as per the Company’s practice and will be dealt with in accordance with the Company’s whistleblowers policy,” it said in a statement.
The Whistleblowers have also written to the US-based office of the Whistleblower Protection Programme on October 3, alleging willful misstatement and accounting irregularities for the last two quarters. Stating that in the last quarter, they were asked not to fully recognise costs like visa costs to improve profits, the whistleblowers have claimed: “We have voice recordings of these conversations. When auditor opposed, the issue was postponed.”
“This quarter, there is lot of pressure to not recognise reversals of USD 50 mn of upfront payment in FDR contract, which is against accounting practice. As this will reduce profits for the quarter and negative for stock price, they are putting pressure not to take the charge,” they claimed.
Alleging that “critical information” is hidden from the auditors and Board, the letter claimed that in large contracts like Verizon, Intel and JVs in Japan, ABN Amro acquisition, “revenue recognition matters are forced which are not as per accounting standards”.
“We have emails and voice recordings and we will share when investigators ask us. We are asked not to share large deal information with auditors,” they said.
“Large deal approvals have irregularities. The CEO is bypassing reviews and approvals and instructing sales not to send mails for approval. He directs them to make wrong assumptions to show margins. CFO is compliant and he prevents us from showing in board presentations large deal issues,” they further alleged. (PTI)