Ratan Tata’s ‘ego’ led to costly Corus deal: Cyrus Mistry

"Ratan Tata's decision to acquire steelmaker Corus for more than $12 billion, when a year earlier it was available at half the price, went against the reservations of some board members and senior executives," added the statement.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2016 7:33 pm
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Ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry on Tuesday leveled allegations at Ratan Tata blaming his ego for the Corus deal at a high price. He also said Tata’s contribution to the success of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Jaguar Land Rover is an ‘illusion’. In a series of statements issued by Cyrus Mistry’s office today, it said, “Ratan Tata had pitched for selling TCS to IBM, a ‘near death experience’ for group’s crown jewel. Ratan Tata’s ‘ego’ led to Corus deal at a high price.” He also alleged that Tata’s decision to acquire Corus for more than $12 billion went against reservations of some senior executives. “Ratan Tata’s decision to acquire steelmaker Corus for more than $12 billion, when a year earlier it was available at half the price, went against the reservations of some board members and senior executives,” added the statement.

Mistry also defended his involvement in growing the revenues and profits at two key group companies, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Motors, that make up the bulk of Tata’s $100 billion revenues. “It is important to set the record straight since insinuations and leaks are being made explicitly to create an illusion that Mistry was a ‘hands off’ chairman and TCS/JLR were on ‘auto-pilot’ during his leadership,” Mistry’s office said in a five-page letter today.

In a surprise move, Mistry was sacked as the chairman of Tata Sons on October 24 this year, nearly four years after he took over the reins of the over USD 100 billion salt-to-software conglomerate. The decision was taken at a high-level board meeting held in Mumbai. Ratan Tata is currently serving as the interim Chairman for four months during which a search committee has been tasked to find a replacement for Mistry.

In the meantime, Industrialist Nusli Wadia, who is an independent director on some Tata Group companies, served a defamation notice to Tata Sons board asking it to withdraw “false, defamatory and libelous” allegations against him. Responding to the notice, Tata Sons said “the company will respond to the notice appropriately”. Wadia is an independent director on some Tata Group companies which have called EGMs to remove him from their boards for allegedly siding with ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry.

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    Nov 22, 2016 at 5:04 pm
    Ratan Tata was a lousy deal maker, the jewel in the crown was Corus, as Mistry has called it. The JLR dividend was the fruit of the previous Ford investment, else why is the midas touch missing for the nano. RT is part of the corrupt elite, see who got paid in advisory fees, always follow the money.
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      Kafkaesque.Brahmins
      Nov 22, 2016 at 5:28 pm
      It's all a brahmin syndicate conspiracy fully backed and aided by bRAWmins.
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        Satendra kumar
        Nov 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm
        SIR RATAN TATA a big issue for the chairmanship of the company if the groups audits are clean honest trusted with states and central government the public genuinely ask what are the issues for such groups.
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          MyTake
          Nov 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm
          Fighting is good only the higher truth comes out as a consequence, provided everyone is fighting honestly and truthfully!
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            Pradip
            Nov 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm
            Ratan Tata started this war of words , so he has to end it by keeping quiet. Today TATA sons image is much sullied thnx to him.
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              ams
              Nov 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm
              are you a MORON? Where and how does brahmin or any other caste come into picture? Looks like you have totally lost it!!!!
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                Parambharti
                Nov 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                Cyrus Mistry is no angel either, he was just a worker, even if it is called chairman, and why is he behaving like he built this Empire, which he hasn't.
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                  Kaliyug
                  Nov 22, 2016 at 2:52 pm
                  Anyone like Tata has a big "Tatta", so he made the Corus deal, it was disaster from day one, it pleased his supporters in the political spectrum of Europe.
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