Business tycoon Mike Lynch was accused of masterminding a fraud at Autonomy in order to be “seen as a success story” as he began his month-long testimony in the UKs biggest ever civil fraud trial.

Lynch, the founder and former chief executive of Autonomy, is being sued by Hewlett Packard (HP) for $5.1bn for allegedly falsely inflating the software firms revenue ahead of its £8.4bn sale to the tech giant in 2011.

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The entrepreneur and his co-defendant Sushovan Hussain, the firms ex-finance chief, both deny the allegations.

“So accustomed were you with being seen as a success story and so concerned were you that Autonomy should not fall short that you encouraged Mr Hussain and indeed others to do what needed to be done to ensure that did that happen, that revenue targets were not missed,” said Laurence Rabinowitz QC during the cross-examination at the High Court today.

“Even if that meant resorting to fraudulent devices that enabled Autonomy to over-represent its quarterly performance to the market,” he added.

“Such was your determination that Autonomy should not appear to have fallen by the wayside that you were willing…to mislead auditors, to mislead the audit committee, to mislead analysts, to mislead investors and indeed to mislead the market in general.”

Lynch countered that Rabinowitz was incorrect, and that Autonomy was “one of the most successful companies that England has ever produced”.

“To consider that as falling by the wayside I think has lost all perspective,” he said.

HP has argued that Lynch had overall control of Autonomy, and therefore would have been central to any wrongdoing at the firm.

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