IN A surprise move just before they went to court, Anil reached out to Mukesh, saying all disagreements could be sorted out in a cordial manner.
Returning from a pilgrimage to Kedarnath and Badrinath on the eve of Diwali, Anil said in a statement he had “maintained the greatest of love, affection and respect for Mukesh”.
“Over the past four years, I have persevered with utmost sincerity, humility and good faith, and left no stone unturned to try to resolve our differences.
“To my lasting regret, despite all my well-meaning efforts, I have failed – pushing us to the extreme step of recourse to litigation to protect the interests of over 11 million shareholders.
“In the past few weeks, many elder statesmen, trusted family and long-standing friends have talked of the need to break the impasse, and find a solution that will end the rancour and pave the way for substantial growth and value creation for the country and millions of our shareholders. I agree with them.”
Anil hoped that his feelings would be reciprocated and sought “divine inspiration and blessings to heal the wounds”.
Calling for a generous heart, a willing mind and accommodating spirit to resolve the issue, he said that there could be no better gift to their mother, Kokilaben.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier said he wished the two brothers would, in the larger national interest, come together. Similar sentiments had been expressed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and other senior government functionaries. – Times of India