HCL quizzed over role in UK hacking scandal

Indian outsourcer questioned by Parliamentarians on relationship with scandal hit News International

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HCL quizzed over role in UK hacking scandal HCL has been asked to explain its relationship with News International
By  Daniel Shane Published  July 26, 2011

HCL Technologies, one of India's largest IT outsourcing firms, has been questioned by British politicians over a potential role in the country's ongoing phone hacking scandal.

Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the UK government's Home Affairs Committee, has written to the New Delhi-based IT services provider asking it to explain its relationship with News International, the British subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

News International, publisher of UK newspapers including The Sun and The Times, is accused of hacking into voicemail messages belonging to celebrities and various other public figures as far back as 2002.

The letter from the Home Affairs Committee asks whether HCL purposefully ever destroyed any News International emails that may have been stored at its facility in India.

It reads: "The committee would be most grateful if you could provide information on: Whether News International currently holds or has ever held a contract with HCL Technologies? Whether HCL Technologies holds emails for News International within its storage facilities in India? If News International has ever requested HCL Technologies to delete any of these emails?"

So far, the phone hacking scandal has led to the closure of News International's the News of the World newspaper, while CEO Rebekah Brookes and Les Hinton, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, also owned by News Corp,  have both fallen on their sword and resigned.

News International CEO Rupert Murdoch and deputy COO James Murdoch have both been grilled by a UK Select Committee as part of an official inquiry. 

No-one from HCL Technologies, whose customers in the Middle East include UAE telco Etisalat, was immediately available to comment on the matter.

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