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Officials sought bribe but we refused, say Infosys` Pai

Top Infosys official Mohandas Pai has alleged that his company was asked to pay bribe by government officials to clear projects but it refused and said files `go missing` when `palms are not greased.`

Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 20:01 PM IST

Bangalore: Top Infosys official Mohandas Pai has alleged that his company was asked to pay
bribe by government officials to clear projects but it refused
and said files "go missing" when "palms are not greased."

"We were asked to pay bribe. We refused. But in all
places, wherever Infosys is functioning today, we have been
supported by the chief secretaries. In north India too, we got
the approval without paying a single rupee bribe," he said.

"This because we brought the issue to the notice of
higher officials. It takes a long time to get things done
unless you grease people`s palms and if you refuse like we do
always, it takes a delay.

"They don`t give it at all.... The file disappears or
the file is not available.... They are not able to locate the
file. They are not able to search the file," Pai, who is Human
Resources Director of the software major, said on Sunday,
maintaining that the proposed Lokpal Bill will go a long way
towards changing the situation.

Reacting sharply to Pai`s remarks, the BJP, which is
ruling in Karnataka, today said he should back his claims with
some proof.

"Just because some individuals and some political
parties make some charges does not mean they are true. It
should be backed by ample evidence," BJP spokesperson
Shahnawaz Hussain said in New Delhi.

He, however, added that no form of corruption should
be tolerated and all state governments should have a mechanism
to tackle it.

"In case you want to deviate the rules or you want to
bend the rules to suit your needs, then naturally the person
executing the work would expect something," said Dhananjay
Kumar, special representative of Karnataka government in
Delhi, on Pai`s remarks.

"I don`t know how Mohandas Pai or Infosys was
affected. I would like to ask Mr Mohandas Pai if he can show
some proof of that," Kumar said.

PTI