India's Tata completes purge of ex-chairman Cyrus Mistry

Mistry was axed as chairman of the holding company Tata Sons in October


Afp February 06, 2017
Cyrus Mistry, the former chairman of Indian salt-to-steel giant Tata. PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI: Indian salt-to-steel giant Tata completed its purge of former chairman Cyrus Mistry on Monday by removing him from the board of the conglomerate's holding company.

Mistry was axed as chairman of the holding company Tata Sons in October and then forced out of its operating companies as group patriarch Ratan Tata set about eradicating his influence in the 150-year-old conglomerate.

Mistry's dismissal from the Tata Sons board at a special meeting in Mumbai on Monday saw him stripped of his last official position in the group, which has annual revenue of $103 billion.

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"The shareholders of Tata Sons Limited, at the extraordinary general meeting held today, passed, with the requisite majority, a resolution to remove Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry as a Director of Tata Sons Limited," Tata said in a statement.

Mistry became a Tata Sons director in 2006 and succeeded Ratan Tata as chairman in 2012. But their relationship quickly deteriorated, with the 79-year-old Tata said to be unhappy at the direction Mistry was taking the group.

Tata took interim charge following Mistry's dismissal in October as the pair engaged in bitter public mudslinging, including accusations of corporate malfeasance.

Mistry also dragged Tata Sons to India's National Company Law Tribunal, claiming that he was unfairly sacked as the world-renowned group descended into turmoil and its global reputation took a hit.

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Mistry had asked the tribunal to halt Monday's meeting but it refused. The next hearing is due to be held on February 13.

Ratan Tata eased fears about the group's future recently by announcing that company veteran Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the respected chief of software giant Tata Consultancy Services, would become Tata's new chairman.

He will take up his role later in the month.

Tata, which was founded under British colonial rule, operates in more than 100 countries. It owns Britain's Tetley Tea and Jaguar Land Rover, and the Anglo-Dutch steel firm Corus.

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