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Volkswagen’s actions related with the dieselgate has been put further under a magnifying glass by the German prosecutors.

In mid-March, some new disclosures have emerged from the dark dungeons of Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scheme. Some German media reports brought to light the fact that a former employee at Volkswagen Group of America was suing the automaker for damages, claiming he was unlawfully fired after flagging internally what he alleged was illegal deletion of data. It said the person in question lost his job after he tried from September 18 last year – the crucial date when the news has become public – to stop a co-worker from removing some internal “sensitive” data in relation to the emissions scandal.

Further investigation from media now shows the German prosecutors have started an inquiry on whether Volkswagen employees deleted data that could be harmful to the company in the week before the carmaker admitted its deeds. “So far, prosecutors are now assuming that a large amount of data has been lost, enough substantially to hinder or delay the diesel investigations. But this cannot be ascertained with certainty at the moment,” broadcasters NDR and WDR and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, which have jointly covered the case, citied a spokesman for prosecutor’s office as saying. Volkswagen is also conducting an ongoing internal investigation over the whole crisis, which is being led in the United States by the law firm Jones Day, while Gleiss Lutz is looking into the matter in Germany.