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Engaging with shareholders to ensure high governance standards: Infosys

Firm to hold consultations to determine future course of action

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Infosys

on Friday said it is engaging with shareholders on the future course of action to ensure that high governance standards are maintained, as it attempts to put behind months of acrimony between founders and former Board members over allegations of lapses.

Founders, led by NR Narayana Murthy, had demanded Board re-constitution pointing to a variety of reasons, including whistleblower complaints of irregularities with Infosys' $200 million Panaya and severance pay to former executives.

On August 24, the then chairman quit and co-founder was named non-executive Chairman.

"As announced on August 25, 2017, the company has started engaging in broad-based shareholder consultations to determine what further actions, if any, the company can take to ensure that it continues to adhere to high governance standards," said in a filing.

It added that during such consultations, "no material unpublished price sensitive information or financial updates will be provided".

Earlier this week, Murthy had said his concerns with the previous board were poor governance, ex-CFO being paid large severance as 'hush- money' and alleged irregularities in Panaya

Seshasayee, however, hit out at Murthy on Friday for carrying out "personal attacks" and making "false and slanderous accusations" against him, saying he was unable to understand the motivation for the persistent vendetta.

On August 18, CEO Vishal Sikka had quit from his position citing slander. The Board -- which was headed by Seshasayee at that time -- then accused Murthy of running a "misguided" campaign and held him responsible for Sikka's resignation.

A week later on August 24, Seshasayee along with three other directors quit the Board, giving into Murthy's demand for Seshasayee and other Board members to resign.

First Published: Fri, September 01 2017. 18:01 IST