Now we will start proceedings against Satyam auditor: ICAI

Written by Neha Pal | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 7 2010, 04:45am hrs
Accounting regulator Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has said that it will start disciplinary proceedings against the Satyam auditorSrinivas Talluri who has been granted bail on Thursday by the Supreme Court.

The disciplinary committee of ICAI had prima-facie found the two Satyam auditorsS Gopalakrishnan and Srinivas Talluri responsible for professional misconduct and had issued notices to both of them to appear before the committee. But the matter was adjourned since both the auditors were in jail since January 24 of last year.

Uttam Prakash Agarwal, president, ICAI told FE, We have to reach to a conclusion in case of the Satyam auditors who have been prima-facie found guilty. Now that Talluri has been given bail, we will start our proceedings against him.

ICAI has said that it would give auditors of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Satyam scam a chance to present their side before passing any order against them.

The institute also interrogated the two auditors in the jail. Talluri and Gopalakrishnan during the interrogation, told ICAI that they relied on the documents provided by the management and followed the accounting procedures prescribed by the institute.

According to the ICAI Act, members found guilty of professional misconduct could be barred from practice or fined up to Rs 500,000.