India’s second largest software services company, Infosys, has served a notice on three newspapers asking them to “cease and desist’’ from defaming the company.

A spokesperson for Infosys told BusinessLine that the media houses were served the notice today. Infosys has served a notice on the Times of India , the Economic Times and the Financial Express to cease and desist from defaming the company.

“The notice speaks for itself and we will act on it,” the spokesperson said in an email response. The notice, according to sources in the company, follows a series of articles written by these newspapers about the exodus of senior executives from Infosys since the return of co-founder NR Narayana Murthy as executive chairman.

At least 12 top executives, including president BG Srinivas, board member V Balakrishnan, and head of US operations Ashok Vemuri, have quit the company during this period. Infosys itself has faced increasing flak from analysts claiming that the company has under-performed for some time.