Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a review plea filed by Cyrus Mistry’s Shapoorji Pallonji Group to review its 2021 judgment that backed the Tata Sons’ decision to remove him as the Chairman.
A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana, however, ordered the deletion of certain remarks made against Mr Mistry.
Mr Mistry had sought reconsideration of the court’s March 2021 order and also expunge of certain remarks against him in the said order.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Tata Group, said the court may permit the deletion of one or a few sentences not for the reasons given in the application of the SP group.
In March last year, the top court had endorsed the removal of Mr Mistry and set aside a company law tribunal order that had reinstated him.
In October 2016, Mr Mistry was removed as Tata Sons Chairman in a dramatic ouster. Months later — in December 2016 — two Mistry family-backed investment firms – Cyrus Investments Pvt Ltd and Sterling Investments Corporation Pvt Ltd – had moved the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), alleging mismanagement by Tata Sons.
In February 2017, Mr Mistry was removed as a Director on the board of Tata Sons, the holding company of Tata Group firms. The legal battle went on.
In December 2019, the company law tribunal restored Mr Mistry as the executive chairman of the conglomerate.
Last year, Tata Sons had challenged the company law tribunal’s decision in the Supreme Court. In March, the top court scrapped the law tribunal’s order.
Renowned industrialist and Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group, Ratan Tata said the judgement was a “validation of the values and ethics that have always been the guiding principle of the group.”