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Infy's visa fraud trial postponed to Sep 17

Last updated on: August 16, 2012 20:30 IST

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The trial in the alleged visa fraud case against software services major Infosys in the US has been postponed by almost a month to September 17.

The trial related to visa fraud allegations levelled by Infosys' former employee Jack Palmer was scheduled to start on August 20 in the US court. According to sources, it has now been rescheduled to begin on September 17.

The reason for the postponement couldn't be immediately ascertained.

When contacted, an Infosys spokesperson said, "While Infosys is eager to air the facts surrounding this case in court, we respect and appreciate Judge Thompson's thorough review of our Motion for Summary Judgment".

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Infosys said it had filed the motion because "we think the facts of this case are clear and there is no need for a trial".

"Our position now remains as it has from the beginning: We can state unequivocally that there is absolutely no evidence of any sort of retaliation against or directed at Jay Palmer," the spokesperson said.

In February 2011, Palmer filed a lawsuit in an Alabama court accusing the company of visa fraud saying he was asked by the firm to sign on documents which said workers were heading to the US to have meetings rather than to work there, which he claimed was done to "creatively" overcome H1-B visa caps.

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He has also alleged the Indian workers on his team were paid substantially less than an American would have made in the same job.

After mediation efforts between Palmer and Infosys failed, the case was set to go on trial on August 20.

Mediation is a standard procedure before the trial of any civil case and gives an opportunity to settle the matter out of court.

 



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