Nusli Wa­dia files defama­tion suit against Tata Sons in HC

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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:

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