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Cyrus Mistry was sacked as chairman of Tata Sons in 2016. Photo: Indranil Bhowmik/Mint
Cyrus Mistry was sacked as chairman of Tata Sons in 2016. Photo: Indranil Bhowmik/Mint

NCLAT tells Mistry to submit specific changes it wants in Tata Sons Articles

The bench also directed Tata Sons and others to file a reply within two weeks

New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Wednesday directed the Cyrus Mistry camp to submit specific changes it wants in the articles of association of Tata Sons.

A two-member bench headed by Justice S J Mukhopadhaya asked the Mistry camp to file within two days the changes it was seeking in the articles.

Mistry, who was sacked as Chairman of Tata Sons in 2016, is fighting against the company, alleging oppression of minority shareholders. The bench also directed Tata Sons and others to file replies within two weeks and posted the matter on December 11, 12 and 13 for the next hearing.

During the proceedings, senior advocate C A Sundaram appearing for the Mistry camp said he was fighting for the future of the company (Tata Sons) and was seeking relief in the interests of the company.

“There are acts of mismanagement and oppression and I am not going open that today. I want to look into the future," he said.

The appellate tribunal was hearing a batch of petitions filed by ousted Mistry and two investment firms supporting him.

The Mistry camp had challenged the July 9 order of the Mumbai bench of the NCLT, which dismissed their pleas against his removal as Tata Sons’ chairman, as also the allegations of rampant misconduct on the part of Ratan Tata and the company’s board.

A special bench of the tribunal had held that the board of directors at Tata Sons was “competent" to remove the executive chairperson of the company.

The NCLT bench had also said that Mistry was ousted as chairman because the Tata Sons’ board and its majority shareholders had “lost confidence in him".

Mistry, who was the sixth chairman of Tata Sons, had taken over in 2012 after Ratan Tata announced his retirement.

Two months after his removal, Mistry’s family-run firms Cyrus Investments Pvt Ltd and Sterling Investments Corp approached the NCLT as minority shareholders, against Tata Sons, Ratan Tata, and some other board members.

Mistry in his pleas primarily argued that his removal was not in accordance with the Companies Act and that there was rampant mismanagement of affairs in Tata Sons.

He also alleged that Tata Trust chairperson Ratan Tata and trustee N Soonawala interfered with the day-to-day operations of the group companies, they acted as shadow directors, and this caused massive revenue loss for the group.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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