Bengaluru: Two jailed for filing repeated cases against Azim Premji

Bengaluru, Jan 16 (IANS): The Karnataka High Court has convicted two representatives of India Awake for Transparency Limited for filing repeated cases against IT major Wipro Limited and its founder and chairman Azim Premji.

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Wipro Limited and Hasham Investment and Trading Company Limited had filed a petition seeking action under criminal contempt against the Chennai based 'shell' company and its representatives.

The court has convicted R. Subramanian and P. Sadanand, under Contempts of Court Act. Subramanian appeared as counsel and Sadanand claimed to be a volunteer. The court sentenced both to simple imprisonment of two months and fined Rs 2,000 each.

Azim Premji

The bench observed that petitioners filed repeated cases in the name of company which is non-existent. They had given the name as 'India Awake for Transparency' and did not give full name by hiding 'private limited' words.

The court opined that it is brazen attempt to conceal the fact and impersonation to mislead the court.

The court directed the registrar (judicial) to prepare a warrant for the duo's arrest. The court further gave orders restraining them from filing any legal proceedings against the complainant and their group before any authorities including any court, tribunal and forums.

The court had earlier dismissed the petition on Feb 12, 2021 by India Awake for Transparency and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh. It also condemned the conduct of the petitioner.

This was challenged in a divisional bench. The divisional bench on Mar 25, upheld the previous order and noted that the company's conduct amounted to criminal contempt.

The petitioners claimed that large assets belonging to three companies were diverted after they wound up through gifts to a private trust controlled by Premji couple.

Premji couple maintained that though the matter was settled by the ministry of corporate affairs, even after that the petitioners filed slew of cases seeking probe.




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  • Alphy, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 17 2022

    Mr Azam Premji is great human being. I personally used to create and deliver Capital investment weekly statement while I was working at the their head quarters at Bhakhtawar, Nariman Point. He is a very simple, down to earth person. A big philanthropist all done silent with zero publicity. He left his studies in one of the major Universities in US, when his father passed away. He is the real Indian Businessman like Narayan Murthy of Infosys and Ratan Tata of Tata Group. These are the gems of India unlike the looters - Ambani, Adani who feast on poor people.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Right now only judiciary benched by conscientious judges maintain the sanctity of India.........ruling politics is in the grave.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    I do not view this differently from the caricature of Korgajja and controversy thereof in DK recently. Nobody challenges us to accept that 1.3 billion people of India are intellectually literate. We are a country who allow people with no criteria for education to contest elections. But yes, jailing repeated offenders will set a precedent. Evidence of AP's contributions can be seen from this philanthropic activities in addition to the development of a successful Indian brand called Wipro. I have personally liaised with some top people there....I loved my time with them and the vision they shared. No, do not look for signs of religion in how Wipro operates. It does not exist. It is a professionally managed company.

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Azim Premji is a gem of a person in every field. He has truly mane many individuals to the top. Now those two guys who tried their level best to go against him are facing the consequences. My big salute to Azim Premji.

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    I recall meeting Premji several times in 1984-1986, many firms with imported PC controller card were truing to assemble Intel 8088/;8086 based IBM compatible PC's. I was Senior Executive for Cadila Pharma subsidiary Caditronics and Wipro was in it's infant stage. In many occasions, we had to share/; exchange technology & , PC market information and PC B's. Mr. Azim Premji is a brilliant entrepreneur who built Wipro from it's initial stages to present glory.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Philanthropy is nothing new to Azim Premji. His father had edible oil business and they used to give 1 tin (15 l) of oil to every family in Amalner ( Maharashtra). They are Gujarati Muslims and his father had a flourishing rice business in Burma ( now Myanmar) so he was also known a "rice king" in good old days.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Vicky - reappeared now but from Dubai ! Excellent comments when compared to forgone days. Kya baath eh. (no controversries)

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    If I understand it correctly, it is this "philanthropy" that was being questioned by the guys. Everyone is free to believe in everyone's philanthropy. But the matter is incredibly more complex than what the press releases tell us.

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  • G Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Glad to read that our Justice system is alive!!!! despite of covid-19,20,21,22 so... on. VIPRO is a investors friendly company and chairperson of the company Mr Azim Premji is a very generous Industrialist for his philanthropy. ' Long live WIPRO'

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  • Abdul Sattar Habiballah, Moolur /Jeddah.

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    The Hon'ble Azeem Premji who donated millions of money to the needy person through Indian Government . This gentleman really appreciated by his career and personality by standing with the needy people of India. So targeting him is highly condemned. So as my opinion the culprit must be punishable like Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sharia rule.

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  • Vicky D, Dubai

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    India is really blessed to have business personalities like Azim Premji, Ratan Tata, Narayana murthy, Anand Mahendra & so on. Azim Premji is more known for his philanthropy than his wealth or business skills. Unfortunately our society is filled with 'pests', who wants to steal wealth from others by all possible means, so that they can keep their family happy!!!

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  • TK, Saudi

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    why did you not mention Ambani and Adani.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Adani and ambanis are fraud crony capitalist ..they invest on ruling govt and get away without paying tax and repaying loan....No1 chors are gujjus

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Azim Premji is also a Gujju, a Kutchi Khoja Ismailia Shia Muslim. Incidentally Ambani, Adani, and Azim all names start with A. Gujjus are good businessmen ,we have to accept the truth.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    We are glad that Feku's got Punished ...

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  • Varun, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Very good...this baseless allegations must be punished with jail term... this idea of calling all rich men as fraudsters is not right... wipro is responsible for providing jobs to lacs of indians... dont simply hate the man just because he is rich...

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  • Joseph, Qatar

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    A nexus is on-going between tainted industrialists to defame other ordinary down-to-earth industrialists in the garb of retaining the numero-uno status since they are being 'isolated' and singled out as they are highly controversial.

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