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Satyam Board to meet tomorrow, to tie up funds

business Updated: Jan 22, 2009 01:58 IST

Two weeks after the Satyam fraud came to light, its new Board member, Deepak Parekh, on Wednesday said the company was in the process of securing funds and retaining its international clients.

Satyam has initiated discussion with a host of banks and institutional investors to get funds to keep its business afloat and has pledged some of its receivables to secure funding, Parekh told reporters here today.

"We are in the process (of raising funds)...Unless the accounts are restated and reach some level of accuracy, banks will be hesitant to lend to Satyam," Parekh said.

Satyam's new Board will meet tomorrow and the day after to discuss issues including appointments of top executives and ways to raise funds, Parekh said.

The fourth-largest Indian IT major is in talks with its domestic and overseas clients to regain their lost confidence but has received a mixed response from clients on the continuity of their contracts, Parekh said.

"We are in talks with our clients...We have got a mixed response...They are not happy with the current status of the company's accounts," said Parekh, who is also Chairman of HDFC.

Some of the documents of the company were found to have been forged and investigations into the scam would take some more time, Parekh said.

"Some of the documents are forged...There are many agencies involved in the case and it may take time (to find out the facts)," he said.

The IT major has received around 40 applications for the post of the top job in Satyam and would consider appointing the CEO and CFO in tomorrow's board meeting, he said.