Satyam scam: Raju's interrogation by CBI continues

Hyderabad: The CBI today continued its interrogation of former Satyam Computer Chairman B Ramalinga Raju, prime accused in the multi-crore accounting fraud in the IT firm, even as he maintained there was no fund diversion to foreign countries.

Raju was grilled for the second day by a CBI team headed by DIG V V Lakshmi Narayana. Six other Satyam scam accused were questioned separately in connection with the alleged diversion of funds to foreign countries.

"He (Raju) has been telling there had been no fund diversion from Satyam Computer to other countries," Narayana said after questioning Raju for close to four hours.

The Central agency also quizzed Satyam's former Managing Director B Rama Raju, ex-Chief Financial Officer, Vadlamani Srinivas and former employees G Ramakrishna, Venkatpathy Raju, Ch Srisailam and Prabhakar Gupta, who were yesterday summoned to appear before the CBI.

"The questioning of Satyam accused will continue tomorrow also," the CBI official said.

With regard to the alleged fund diversion, the CBI had sent letters rogatory to six countries. Of these, the UK, USA, Singapore and Malaysia had sent part replies, while response from Belgium and British Virgin Islands was awaited.

A letter rogatory is a formal request from a court in India to a foreign court for judicial assistance.