Hyderabad: Ramesh Rajan, Chairman and CEO, Price waterhouse Coopers, India (PwC) revealed to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that balance sheet of Satyam was audited by Lovelock & Lewes, not Price Waterhouse (PW). The auditing fee which was deposited in the name of Pricewater House, Bangalore, was later transferred into the account of Lovelock & Lewes.
Sources involved in the investigation said that the partners S Gopalakrishnan and Srinivas Talluri withdrew the money from the account of Lovelock & Lewes.
Other senior partners of PW from Delhi and Kolkota have clearly denied of any connection with PW, Bangalore. They said, "Gopalakrishnan and Talluri were not entitled to sign any balance sheet on behalf of PW."
Investigation confirms that auditors who partners with PW, Bangalore, wrongly signed under the name of PW, and also outsourced the work to Lovelock & Lewes.
Rajan, who is also a partner with PW, Bangalore said to CBI that as part of an internal arrangement, PW, Bangalore gives their work to Lovelock and Lewes. "But this is not acceptable, considering that the two firms are completely different entities," said sources. Later this week, the CBI is in process of recording Rajan's statement and also plans to summon other partners of PW, Bangalore for questioning.
An India-based auditing firm Lovelock & Lewes is a network firm of the international consulting body PwC and has no authority to audit under PwC's name.