World Bank bars Satyam | Serial offender | Eight-yr trouble

Mumbai: Satyam Computer Services has been barred from business with the World Bank, a spokesman for the World Bank said on Tuesday, confirming a report by Fox News.

Fox News said in a report on its website the World Bank had banned Satyam from all World Bank-related business for a period of eight years from September. It said the ban was due to "improper benefits to bank staff" and "lack of documentation on invoices" and cited Robert Van Pulley, a top World Bank information technology official.

"The information is true," Sudip Mozumder, a spokesman for the World Bank in New Delhi, said by telephone.

A spokeswoman for Satyam said the company did not comment on individual clients. Shares in the Hyderabad-based software firm, which is also listed in New York, closed down 13.55 percent at 140.40 rupees on Tuesday in a Mumbai market that ended down 2.4 percent.

Satyam, India's fourth-biggest software services exporter, shocked the market last week with a proposed deal to buy two firms which management had a stake in.

Although it bowed to investor outrage and cancelled the plans to buy two builders just 12 hours after the deals were announced, a slew of brokerages have downgraded the stock saying it would be difficult for the firm to restore investor and client confidence.