Consultants accused of copying report
Big Five accountancy firm Ernst & Young has been accused of plagiarising a an environmental impact report into a hydroelectric power scheme in India, according to Associated Press.
The report investigated two dam proposals located near the Dandeli Wildlife Reserve and the Ulvi Bird Sanctuary, which environmentalists believe could result in the submersion of 87 hectares of forest.
Environmental groups were the first to notice that E&Y’s environmental impact assessment for the Murdeshwar Power Corporation had been copied from a similar report prepared by other consultants last year, AP reported.
E&Y director in New Delhi Kashi Nath Memani told AP he was unable to confirm the allegation, but said: ‘The report was written and submitted in haste, prepared by one employee and not check by as supervisor.’
He went on to confirm a new report would be prepared.