Akshaya Patra governance under lens as 4 high-profile trustees quit in 2020, NGO denies link -Rohini Swamy
4 trustees are ex-Infosys chief financial officers Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan, ChrysCapital co-founder Raj Kondur, and Abhay Jain, adviser to Manipal Education & Medical Group.
Bengaluru: NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) has seen four high-profile trustees resign since February — three within the last month — amid speculation of misgivings within the organisation over governance issues.
The four trustees are former Infosys chief financial officers Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan, ChrysCapital co-founder Raj Kondur, and Abhay Jain, adviser to Manipal Education & Medical Group, who was the first to resign. All four served two decades as trustees and are credited with catalysing the APF’s growth to its current scale.
Their resignations, sources in the APF told ThePrint, followed alleged audit findings that cast a shadow on its governance, including lack of transparency regarding the role played by certain temple trusts key to the foundation of the NGO. These include ISKCON or the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The audit came after the APF received complaints from whistleblowers.
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