Satyam case: Andhra HC dismisses bail pleas of Raju, seven others

The accused had sought bail on the grounds that the trial in the Satyam scam was not completed within the Supreme Court-stipulated timeline of 31st July and all the prosecution witnesses were examined

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail petitions of B Ramalinga Raju and seven other accused in the multi-crore Satyam Computer accounting fraud, reports PTI.

Justice Samudrala Govindarajulu, who completed the arguments on the bail petitions on 27th August, said all the bail applications were dismissed.

Of the ten accused in the case, B Suryanarayana Raju, who is Raju's brother, and T Srinivas, a former auditor of PricewaterhouseCoopers, had been granted bail by different courts earlier.

Besides Mr Raju, Satyam's former MD B Rama Raju, ex-CFO Vadlamani Srinivas, former employees G Ramakrishna, D Venkatpathi Raju and Ch Srisailam, former PWC auditor Subramani Gopalakrishnan and Satyam's former internal chief auditor VS Prabhakar Gupta, are currently lodged in Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad.

The accused had sought bail on the grounds that the trial in the Satyam scam was not completed within the Supreme Court-stipulated timeline of 31st July and all the prosecution witnesses were examined.

Earlier, cancelling Mr Raju's bail in October last year, the Supreme Court had stated that the accused could file another bail application only after 31 July 2011, if the trial in the case was not completed in the local court.

Sources close to Mr Raju said he and the other accused may approach the Supreme Court for bail. They, however, did not confirm when they are going to file the petition in the apex court.

Mr Raju, the former chairman and founder of Satyam Computer, surrendered on 10th November before the local court adjudicating the nation's biggest corporate fraud, which is allegedly to the tune of Rs14,000 crore.

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Maruti suspends16 more workers; production halted for 2nd day

While the company claimed the crackdown was against labourers after quality issues attributed to sabotage came to light last week, the workers said the management was taking these steps in 'revenge' for their 13-day strike in June demanding the recognition of a new union

New Delhi: India's biggest passenger carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) today said it has suspended 16 more permanent workers and discontinued the services of 12 trainees as the stand-off between the management and workers at its Manesar plant intensified, completely affecting production for the second day, reports PTI.

"Production has not started yet, but there are indications that it will resume today with alternate arrangements like contract workers and hiring technicians," a MSI spokesperson said.

After suspending 10 workers, dismissing five and discontinuing with the services of six trainees yesterday, the company is continuing with its aggressive crackdown against labourers after quality issues attributed to sabotage came to light last week.

"We have suspended 16 more permanent employees today and also terminated the services of 12 more technician trainees," the spokesperson said.

Those who have been suspended and dismissed are being charged with sabotage and causing quality problem in cars produced last week.

The workers, however, said the management was taking these steps in 'revenge' for their 13-day strike in June demanding the recognition of a new union-the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU)-at the plant located in Haryana.

Production at the plant came to a complete halt yesterday, with the company preventing workers from entering the factory without signing a 'good conduct bond' following the alleged 'sabotage'.

"The management is taking revenge on us and forcing us to sign an undertaking following rejection of our application to form a union at the plant by the Haryana government," MSEU general secretary Shiv Kumar, who led the workers during the stir in June, said.

The suspended and dismissed workers include all the office-bearers of the proposed MSEU, he added.

However, management sources said MSI has been facing serious production issues, particularly with respect to meeting targets and quality control, in the past few weeks.

"On 24th August, 1,230 cars were planned to be produced, but only 437 were assembled. Out of which, just 96 cars could pass quality check," the source had said.

Workers have been indulging in deliberate attempts to reduce output and are compromising customer interests, the source added.

However, when asked about the allegations of tampering with the products, Mr Kumar said, "Some management-supported workers are doing this after the product is ready just to take revenge on us for the June strike."

Alleging sabotage by some workers, the company management decided to enforce a 'Good Conduct Bond' for the workers, which seeks an assurance that they will not resort to go slow measures, sabotage production or indulge in activities that will hamper normal production at the plant.

Taking an aggressive stance, the management is understood to have decided to move all non-automated production work from the plant to its Gurgaon unit till the time the workers agreed to sign the bond.

Over 22 regular workers at the plant have signed the bond so far. While casual workers have been asked to report to their respective contractors, apprentices at the plant have been given leave till 1st September.

The plant, which produces models such as Swift, DZiRE and SX4, has a total of about 2,500 workers, of which 950 are regular employees.

Shares of the company were being quoted 0.23% down at Rs1,077.55 in noon trade on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

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COMMENTS

Shadi Katyal

6 years ago

We talk of unemployment and lack of jobs but our labour unions and workers are so unethical that they will sabotage and destroy the hands that feeds them.We are an unethical and undisciplined nation and Unions in such climate should be banned.
The workers involved should not only be fired but prosecuted for the damages along with Union Leaders.
In India we must learn the discipline. We have seen how our textile and Jute industiness have disappeared due to such Goondaism

BSE to investigate trade details of Bodal Chemicals

The exchange has sought clarification from the company as to how could it deny the first news that was received on the company's letterhead and signed by the company secretary

Mumbai: The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday said it is investigating the trading of shares in Bodal Chemicals, following the company's denial that it had issued a notice for a bonus issue, reports PTI.

The exchange is investigating the trades pursuant to the wrong announcement made by the company, BSE said in a statement.

It said it had received a fax from Bodal Chemicals on 27 August 2011 signed by the company secretary informing that the meeting of the board of directors would be held on 29 August 2011 to approve bonus issue. It also enclosed a press release issued by the company.

The announcement was disseminated on the BSE's website yesterday morning at 8.13am, the release said.

At 1.41pm, BSE received an email from the company signed by its chairman and managing director denying having sent any intimation or press release on 27th August. The said intimation was also disseminated on the BSE's website at 2.24pm.

The exchange said it was now investigating the matter and seeking clarification from the company as to how could it deny the first news that was received on the company's letterhead and signed by the company secretary.

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