In an attempt to right its wrongs, Volkswagen is likely to relieve a group of engineers and managers implicated in the automaker’s diesel emission cheating scandal from their duties.

Reports suggest that Former VW brand development chief Heinz Jakob Neusser, in case of the dismissals, would be the highest ranking official among the expected six.

An ‘inner circle’ of 39 officials are now in the cross hair of the prosecutors in VW’s home state of Lower Saxony. Additionally, as per reports, a further wave of dismissals could also be expected.

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice also filed a criminal charge sheet against former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn for covering up the company's emission test cheating.

Neusser, who was among VWs top executives was suspended in 2015 after several revelations regarding the Diesel-gate scandal surfaced. He was also among the six executives that were charged by the US Department of Justice in 2017 for the scandal.

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice also filed a criminal charge sheet against former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn for covering up the company’s emission test cheating.

Reports suggest that Former VW brand development chief Heinz Jakob Neusser, in case of the dismissals, would be the highest ranking official among the expected six.

This news comes a few days after German federal authority for motor vehicles Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) had ordered owners of all the affected vehicles with the cheat software to fix their cars failing which it would be deregistered.

This comes after several Audi and VW cars have already been discontinued in Munich and Hamburg which were fitted with affected Euro 5 diesel engines after a series of successive reminders that were ignored by the owners.

The article was adapted from an article at Nikkei Asian Review, which you can find here.