Satyam scam: Anti-fraud cell officials interrogate Rajus

A 12-member team of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office today quizzed Satyam founder B Ramalinga Raju, his brother and former CFO throughout the day in the presence of their lawyers at Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad.See special

business Updated: Feb 14, 2009 19:37 IST

A 12-member team of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) on saturday quizzed Satyam Computers founder B Ramalinga Raju, his brother B Rama Raju and former chief financial officer Vadlamani Srinivas in Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad.

The SFIO officials grilled the accused throughout the day in the presence of their lawyers. The officials divided themselves into three teams and questioned the accused separately from 10 am to 5 pm.

The interrogators recorded the statements of the accused with regard to various aspects of Rs.70-billion (Rs.7,000-crore/$1.43-billion) fraud admitted by Ramalinga Raju Jan 7.

The SFIO team is believed to have questioned Ramalinga Raju about the fudging of accounts, insider trading, diversion of Satyam funds to over 300 companies floated by him and his family and the role played by other company officials in the fraud.

A city court had on Friday allowed SFIO to question all the five accused in jail over two days. The team will question on Sunday two former auditors of Pricewaterhouse - S. Gopalakrishnan and Srinivas Talluri.

SFIO, a multidisciplinary organisation that investigates serious financial frauds, had sought 10 days to record the statements of the accused.

The interrogation by SFIO has come close on the heels of market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) questioning the Raju brothers for three days in jail.

The SEBI officials grilled them on Feb 4-6 following an interim order from the Supreme Court.

SEBI has also filed a petition, seeking permission to interrogate Vadlamani Srinivas and two former auditors.

Sixth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate D. Ramakrishna has reserved his orders on SEBI petition and will give his order on Feb 17.

First Published: Feb 15, 2009 08:47 IST