Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein has reportedly been called to testify for the prosecution at the insider trading trial of Raj Rajaratnam, billionaire founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund.
Blankfein’s appearance as a witness for the U.S. government, which would come after the trial’s start on Tuesday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, is not assured. However, the Goldman CEO has agreed to testify, according to a report in The New York Times’ Dealbook blog.
If Blankfein testifies, federal prosecutors are expected to use him to support their allegation that a former Goldman board member, Rajat Gupta, passed confidential information about Goldman's fourth-quarter 2008 earnings to Rajaratnam. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday accused Gupta of the secret dealings.
The SEC charges that Gupta discussed with Rajaratnam confidential information about Goldman’s earnings results for fourth-quarter 2008.