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Criminal Cases initiated against Azim Premji and two others

Lawstreet Journal 31 Jan 2022 9:28pm

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A Bengaluru court on 25th January 2022, directed two separate criminal cases to be registered against founder Chairman of Wipro Limited (An IT giant) Azim Premji and others for alleged criminal breach of trust and corruption.

In the case, India Awake for Transparency v. Azim Hasham Premji & Ors. the Special Judge under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (PCA) Lakshminarayana Bhat K stated that a prima facie case was made out against Premji, his wife and one PV Srinivasan. The order stated,

"It is made out from the materials placed on record that the accused No.1 (Azim Premji) to 3 (Pagalthivarthi Srinivasan) were performing the public duty and therefore they are public servants. There are sufficient materials to proceed against the accused in both the complaints for the offence punishable under section 13(1)(d) of the PC Act (The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988) and Sections 409 and 120B read with section 34 of the Indian Penal Code (1860)."

The complaint was filed by a non-profit India Awake for Transparency, represented by its volunteer P Sadanand Goud. It was alleged that Premji and others committed offences under Sections 13(1)(d) (public servant obtaining pecuniary advantage) with 13(2) (punishment for criminal misconduct by a public servant) of The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) read with Section 34 (acts done by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The complainant alleged that the accused took advantage of their… Continue Reading...

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