NCLT dismisses Mistry challenge to removal

Ratan Tata, Cyrus Mistry
Ratan Tata Cyrus Mistry
Ratan Tata, Cyrus Mistry

NEW DELHI: Tata Sons have said the NCLT order dismissing pleas of Cyrus Mistry vindicates that the group and its operating firms have always acted in a fair manner even as Mistry said he would challenge the ruling.
In a legal battle running for nearly two years, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Mumbai has dismissed the pleas of Mistry challenging his removal as Tata Sons Chairman in October 2016.
Welcoming the order, Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran hoped “that finality will be given to the judgment of NCLT, by all concerned in the larger interest of companies, the shareholders and the public”.
“The judgment has only reaffirmed and vindicated that Tata Sons and its operating companies have always acted in a fair manner and in the best interest of its stakeholders,” he said in a statement.
The Tata Group has always been committed and will continue to be committed to transparency and good corporate governance of global standards, he added.
A statement from Mistry’s office however described the ruling as “disappointing although not surprising”. The ruling is in line with the earlier position expressed by the tribunal. An appeal on merits will be pursued, it said.
“We will continue to strive for ensuring good governance and protection of interests of minority shareholders and all stakeholders in Tata Sons from the willful brute rule of the majority,” the statement added.
An order of NCLT can be challenged before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal(NCLAT).
NCLT in its ruling said it was not accepting Mistry’s contentions that his removal was due to the result of mismanagement by the board and oppression of minority shareholders of the group. PTI