Ousted Nusli Wa­dia files defama­tion case

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MUM­BAI: In­dus­tri­al­ist Nusli Wa­dia has filed a crim­i­nal defama­tion com­plaint against Tata Sons, Ratan Tata and the board of direc­tors of the Tata group, for hurt­ing his rep­u­ta­tion by mak­ing false al­le­ga­tions.

“The com­plaint is filed un­der sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code for caus­ing crim­i­nal defama­tion with com­mon in­ten­tion,” said Wa­dia’s lawyer Abad Ponda. “We have al­leged that the con­tents of the no­tices were of­fend­ing and ques­tioned­his­bonafides,” he­said.

In­the­com­plaint­filed­be­fore­the ad­di­tion­alchief metropoli­tan­mag-

is­trate, Bal­lardPier, Wa­di­aal­leged that, “the defam­a­tory and of­fend­ing con­tents of spe­cial no­tices (is­sued by Tata Sons for con­ven­ing spe­cial share­holder meet­ings) have caused se­vere prej­u­dice to the rep­u­ta­tion and good­will of the com­plainant as also af­fected his sta­tus as an in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tor

not only in the Tata group com­pa­nies, but as a di­rec­tor in var­i­ous other com­pa­nies; and will con­tinue to have a cas­cad­ing ef­fect on the com­plainant’s rep­u­ta­tion and good­will in busi­ness cir­cles within In­dia and abroad.”

Tata Sons, in their no­tices for theEGMs,had­saidWa­di­ais­be­ing sought to be re­moved for his col­lu­sion with ousted chair­man Cyrus Mistry. Based on these no­tices, at the EGMs of Tata Steel and Tata Mo­tors, share­hold­ers voted Wa­dia out. Share­hold­ers of Tata Chem­i­cals are vot­ing on Fri­day.

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