Ramalinga Raju, former chairman of Satyam Computers, who last year confessed to have inflated his company's assets by over $ one billion, has been declared a pauper by a court in New Year exempting him from paying court costs.
New York judge Barabara S Jones approved 'pauper' status for Raju, his brother Rama Raju, Satyam's former chief
executive officer, and Srinivas Vadlamani, the company's former head of finance.
In October 2009, the defendants filed an "in forma pauperis" and for the appointment for a pro bono counsel.
According to court documents, the accused stated they are "unable to engage an attorney in the US to defend (themselves) in the class action litigation and to pay any court fees or to meet any financial obligations which might be imposed by this court".
"The court finds that defendants have adequately demonstrated that they are unable to pay costs as described in
the federal law," US District Judge Jones said.
The judge however denied the request for a pro bono counsel as the "defendants are incarcerated in a foreign country and it would be unusually difficult for the appointed counsel to meet and otherwise competently represent Defendants under the circumstances".