Former CA chief used Linux to "destroy evidence"


Former CA chief used Linux to "destroy evidence"

Antony Savvas

The former CA chief executive who faces charges following the 2004 $2.2bn accounting scandal at the company has been accused of destroying evidence on his laptop.

Sanjay Kumar is accused of erasing his laptop's hard drive to destroy potential evidence, according to documents released by the US Attorney's office.

The US Attorney's office said it will submit evidence showing that Kumar reformatted his laptop to run the Linux operating system, which effectively wiped out the computer's memory.

The reformatting is said to have occurred after the commencement of the government probe into the accounting scandal, and after the company issued memos directing CA employees to preserve all relevant evidence.

Kumar's attorney said the prosecution’s latest allegations were “baseless”. Kumar was axed by the company after the accounting scandal came to light.

Kumar’s trial will start in April. He has pleaded not guilty to securities fraud and obstruction charges.

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