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Kerala Bar 2 years at PwC, which had employed Swapna Suresh | India News


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala government has banned top PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) consultants from undertaking projects under the IT department in the state for the next two years for failing to ensure due diligence in deploying resources.
It was PwC that hired Swapna Suresh, the main defendant in the Kerala gold smuggling case, as an employee of the Kerala State IT Infrastructure Ltd (KSITL) Space Park project. A two-member committee comprised of Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta and Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) Rajesh Kumar Singh had discovered that Swapna was appointed by reference to M Sivasankar, former CM Chief Secretary.
It was later revealed that he did not have the required qualifications for the position and that his certificates had been forged. “PwC did not conduct a comprehensive background check. This is a serious breach of contractual obligations by PwC, ”said the government order. KSITL had entered into an agreement with PwC for a period of two years; the term ended on Monday.

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