Shares in Infosys
The board has been locked in a dispute for months with the company`s founders, led by former chairman Narayana Murthy, who have accused the directors of governance lapses. Vishal Sikka resigned as CEO last week amid what he said were "baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks" - sparking a sell-off and wiping billions of dollars off the firm`s market value.
Nilekani is set to become Infosys` non-executive chairman in the next few days, the Times of India newspaper reported, adding he would come for a predetermined period with the aim to achieve a series of goals including hiring a new CEO.
This follows a request this week from a group of 12 major institutional investors in Infosys to bring Nilekani back to the board to try to quell the feud with the founders.
Television station CNBC-TV18 also said Nilekani was likely to return as the head of the company, which was once the poster child of India`s showpiece IT sector.
Nilekani, one of the company`s co-founders who served as its CEO from 2002 to 2007, could not be reached for comment.
By 0530 GMT, Infosys shares were trading 2.2 percent higher in a Mumbai market that was little changed.
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