The multimillionaire Chancellor faced a tough interview about his wife Akshata Murthy’s stake in Indian IT firm Infosys, which has an office in Moscow
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Rishi Sunak has denied allegations that his family “benefited from Vladimir Putin’s regime” through an Indian IT company in which his wife has a stake.
In an interview with Sky News, the multimillionaire chancellor was pushed for his wife Akshata Murthy’s multimillion-dollar stake in the tech company Infosys.
The Indian company is based in Moscow and owned by Akshata’s father, NR Narayana Murthy – one of India’s wealthiest people – but Delhi has not subjected Russia to the same sanctions as Britain.
Sky presenter Jayne Secker quizzed top Tory on the matter after Mr Sunak advised British firms to stop investing in Russia after Putin waged war on Ukraine.
She asked, “Do you give advice to others that you don’t follow in your own home?”
Mr Sunak said: “I am an elected politician. And I’m here to talk to you about what I’m responsible for. My wife is not.”
Ms Secker then questioned the Chancellor again, saying: “She is not on an equal footing when we as a country ask taxpayers to fund UK support to Ukraine. We urge the people of Britain to give up their homes to Ukrainian refugees, while it seems your family could potentially benefit from Putin’s regime.”
Mr Sunak denied that allegation, saying “the operation of all companies is their responsibility,” adding: “We have imposed significant sanctions and all companies for which we are responsible are complying with them, as they rightly should.” , which sends a very strong message of Putin’s aggression.”
Ms. Secker continued, “Do you know if Infosys is?”
Mr. Sunak replied, “I have absolutely no idea because I have nothing to do with this company.”
The Treasury has declined to comment but it is understood a complaint was made to Sky News over the tone of the interview, which sources say was “sexist” and “absurd”.
However, Labor MP Liam Byrne has criticized the Chancellor, saying: “At a time when we have a responsibility to stand by the Ukrainian people as they resist Russian aggression, this is extremely worrying. Putin’s government must be treated like a pariah, not a cash cow.”
Infosys has said it has a small team of employees in Russia.
Ms Murthy declined to comment.
Infosys is a publicly traded company and it is understood that Rishi Sunak and Akshata, apart from being a minority shareholder along with a number of other UK organisations, have no stake in the company.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/rishi-sunak-denies-family-benefiting-26546686 Rishi Sunak denies having "benefited from Vladimir Putin's regime" due to his wife's investment in the IT company.