Nusli Wadia files defamation suit against Tata Sons in HC
Industrialist Nusli Wadia filed a defamation suit against Tata Sons in the Bombay high court on Thursday.
The suit was filed in the wake of the Tata Group’s ‘special notice’ seeking the removal of Wadia as independent director of three of the group’s companies.
Earlier last month, Wadia had hit out at the Tatas through a letter in which, among other things, he said that the ‘special notice’ was “defamatory” to him.
He had said at the time said that Tata Sons’ conduct was compelling him to initiate legal proceedings to “protect” his interest.
Wadia served three legal notices — on November 21, 22 and 23 — threatening to initiate civil and criminal proceedings against Tata Sons and its directors.
Meanwhile, Wadia, an independent director on board of Tata Chemicals, earlier on Thursday shot off a letter to shareholders of the company, raising concerns about continued losses. An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) has been called on December 23 to, among other things, remove Wadia as director. Contesting the move, his letter highlights serious business lapses that he said have inflated the debt of the company to over Rs8,695 crore in 10 years. Tata Chemicals is one of the oldest companies of the Tata Group and has had a chequered, 77-year history, born during tumultuous years; it was listed in 1939.
The Bombay high court on Thursday refused to protect the owner of the Navi Mumbai day care centre, where a 10-month-old girl was brutally assaulted by a staff member in November, from being arrested.
Rejecting her anticipatory bail plea, the court said the owner — who pleaded she had “no idea the maid could have behaved in such a ghastly manner” — could not claim ignorance and shirk “responsibility”.
“She does not deserve any relief,” the court said while taking note of how CCTV footage submitted by the prosecution “clearly showed” the incident was not an isolated one.
Footage recorded between November 10 and November 24 showed the same maid assaulting other babies.
Nusli Wadia and Ratan Tata: