Lookout notice issued for Aryans Infoway promoters

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Tvm: The Kerala Police has issued a lookout notice for the five key accused in the three year old Aryans Infoway job cheating case. The accused are the promoters and owners of Aryans Infoway, the now defunct IT company which had its offices in Technopark, Trivandrum and elsewhere. They are alleged to have cheated their employees and other job aspirants of nearly Rs.10 crores after collecting security deposits.

All the five have been absconding for the past three years since the case was registered in 2008 when Aryans Infoway shut shop. The police are on the lookout for Jayakrishnan, 34; his father Karunakaran Nair; Jayakrishnan’s younger brother Harikrishnan, 36 (who was the CEO of Aryans Infoway at that time); their mother Mallika S Nair and Vimal, a Manager of the company. Public can pass on any information regarding these absconders to the police over the following phone numbers: Circle Inspector, Thampanoor Police Station, Thiruvananthapuram – 94979 87013; Thampanoor Police Station: 0471-2326543; City Police Commissioner, Thiruvananthapuram – 0471-2320579.

Aryans Infoway claimed to be an ISO 9000: 2000 certified IT Company with branches in Trivandrum, Kochi and Bangalore and operated from the M Square Building in Technopark. Every employee was made to deposit Rs.1 lakh each as ‘share investment’ in the company and with more than 600 recruits during 2006-8, the promoters mopped up good money. Freshers had to sign a three year service bond and those who violated any terms of employment had to forego the amount. Fresh recruits were paid Rs.5,000 as stipend during a namesake six-month training period. Next was a six months probation period when they were paid Rs.7,000 and after that a Software Engineer got Rs.10,000. But the fact was they got salary only once every two months or so. Most of the employees were Engineering and MCA campus recruits from North India and Tamil Nadu.

The security deposit bug is not new to companies in Technopark. Travancore Software Solutions (TSS), DDL Software, Jay Info System and Ada Software are some companies who have taken lakhs of rupees from graduates, promising them employment and on-the-job training and then disappeared. Technopark authorities have often advertised in leading newspapers cautioning job seekers while disassociating itself from companies asking for deposits. Recently they have opened a helpline for candidates to verify the credentials of companies in the campus.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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