Head, not heart to lead Infy to states, says Murthy

Bangalore, Nov 19 | Updated: Nov 20 2005, 07:11am hrs
Infosys chief mentor NR Narayana Murthy on Saturday said that he would not reconsider his decision to step down as the chairman of Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) following allegations of land grabbing levelled against Infosys by former prime minister Deve Gowda. He, however, said, the project would progress as per schedule despite his absence on the board.

An institution is always bigger than the individual and we have zero stake in BIAL, Mr Murthy said. Commenting on the possibilities of Infosys making future investments in states other than Karnataka, Mr Murthy said, Many chief ministers are inviting Infosys. We will look at them at appropriate time.

It was reported earlier that the Maharashtra government had requested Infosys to expand its operations in Pune. Mr Murthy, however, said though Infosys had started off in Pune, emotional factors would not direct its future expansion plans. Such decisions will be taken after careful business analysis, he said.

Addressing the media on the sidelines of a visit by former prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, he maintained that the JD(S) supremos earlier allegations on land acquisition by Infosys and personal remarks on Mr Murthy himself, would not affect the companys plans.