New Delhi: Leading software major Infosys on Monday sacked three of its techies who were arrested on a bribe charge levelled by the Income Tax Department. Also Read - Bengaluru Oncologist Raises Hopes, Claims To Be Close To Discovering A Cure For Covid-19
The three employees, identified as Renugunta Kalyan Kumar, Prakash, and Deveshwar Reddy from the IT firm’s Bengaluru branch were held for cheating by unauthorisedly contacting income taxpayers and demanding money on the pretext of ensuring tax rebates. Also Read - 'Sneeze And Spread The Virus': Infosys Employee Sacked, Arrested For Facebook Post
The techies were into fraudulent activities for a month and had reportedly made Rs 4 lakh through illegal means, which has since been recovered. Also Read - Lockdown Forces 1.7 Lakh Infosys Techies to Work From Home
Admitting that the company was aware of the allegations against the accused who have been found violating the company’s policies by the tax authorities, the official said the company takes any breach of its policies and code of conduct seriously.
“The three employees have been terminated after a thorough internal investigation,” an official of the IT behemoth in an email to IANS, adding that the company was cooperating with the authorities.
The accused had been promising taxpayers of tax rebates in lieu of 4 per cent of the total amount involved, Bengaluru South East Division Deputy Commissioner of Police Joshi Srinath Mahadev told news agency IANS.
The DCP said there was a contract between the Income Tax Department and Infosys due to which company employees assigned for the IT work were privy to information on taxpayers.
“Whatever relevant information was received, these Infosys employees forwarded it to the Income Tax Department to make tax assessments and further processing,” Mahadev said.
On the complaint by Income Tax Department officials, the accused were booked for cheating and criminal breach of trust under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 406 and 420.
With IANS inputs