Sacked iGate CEO Phaneesh Murthy IITian and MBA-A has denied charges of sexual harassment against him and said it's a case of extortion. "There is no merit to the sexual harassment claim. The charges are completely false. They have an easy way to collect money. It's the same lawyer and law firm who represented the other woman in 2002 (when Murthy was charged with similar allegations when he was in Infosys). Now, do you think the odds are different," he said in a media conference call.Is iGate CEO Phaneesh Murthy going in the line of Bill Clinton?
Said woman of 2002 is Reka Maximovitch.
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News about the sacking of iGagate CEO Phaneesh Murthy by the company itself comes through media on May 21, 2013.
One week before news of about Infosys’s attack on its former director Phaneesh Murthy is published at siliconindia on May 13, 2013:
Indian IT major Infosys Technologies Monday hit out at former director Phaneesh Murthy, saying he should have proved his proclaimed innocence in a sexual harassment case by fighting it instead of opting to settle out of court.
In a point-by-point response to Phaneesh's statement on the case, the Nasdaq-listed Indian bluechip fielded its counsel and head of its legal department, R. Nityanandan, to term all the charges made by Phaneesh as "blatantly false".
"If Phaneesh believed he was innocent and wanted to clear his name, he should have stayed in the lawsuit by himself and defended his position. We had given him this option. Instead of fighting to clear his name, he elected to settle," the company said in a statement issued late Monday.
Infosys agreed to pay $3 million in an out of court settlement with Reka Maximovitch, who had brought sexual harassment charges against Phaneesh, then the company's director.
The company also reserved its right to proceed against Phaneesh if "deemed necessary".
The company statement said it was willing to settle with Maximovitch without Phaneesh.
But the former director agreed to Infosys having the right to sue him for all his actions and lack of contribution, and that he would have no recourse to insurance if Infosys decided to sue him and the company would not be bound by confidentiality with respect to the settlement.
Phaneesh was initially reluctant to sign the settlement, but "came back voluntarily and agreed to every condition that Infosys had set".
In a statement from California, Phaneesh had gone on record Sunday to say that there was no financial contribution from him to the settlement with Maximovitch because a settlement was not his preferred route.
Phaneesh also claimed Infosys had opted for the settlement because its American Depository Receipts (ADR) issue was coming up soon.
Nithyanandan said: "As has been stated, Infosys settled this matter because it believed it was in the best interests of the company to do so. The company has disclosed in all its SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) filings as early as October 2002 that the case with Reka may materially impact the earnings of the company."
"As the company had already disclosed the risk in its filings there is no connection between the settlement and the proposed ADR offering. This case was settled on April 25, 2003, as the depositions were to start on the same day. A reading of the many public filings in this case would bring forth the grave nature of the allegations made against Phaneesh," the statement said.