Mumbai: Eminent Industrialist Nusli N. Wadia today filed a criminal defamation case against Tata Sons, Ratan Tata and its directors soon after he was removed as an Independent Director of Tata Motors.
The suit has been filed by the lawyer of Nusli, Adad Ponda before the court of Chief Metropolitian Magistrate at Ballards Pier 36th Court.
Wadia, who has been accused of siding with ousted Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, filed the case of defamation suit in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.
The step has come barely a week after he filed a defamation suit seeking Rs 3,000 crore as damages from the Tata Group and others.
Wadia has alleged in the criminal suit that all the accused have individually and collectively defamed him by printing, publishing and distributing per se false, frivolous, baseless, libelous, incorrect and defamatory material to destroy his reputation among right people.
He added that the Special Notices, seeking his ouster from three Tata Group companies, were sent on the letterhead of Tata Sons, signed by its COO and Company Secretary F. N. Subedar and hence the accused named were liable for printing, publishing and circulating the per se defamatory material.
The suit said, “It is thus clear that Tata Sons is the principal offender who has committed the offence of defamation along with F.N. Subedar, while the Board Members of Tata Sons (excluding Cyrus Mistry and Farida Khambatta) have shared common intention of abetted the offence by actively participating in the same after a prior concern and have thus committed offences under various sections (500, 109, 34) of the Indian Penal Code.”
Wadia prayed to the court for taking cognizance of the offences committed by the accused named in the suit under the specified IPC sections which are punishable with simple imprisonment of upto two years plus fine, or both.
Wadia sought for process to be issued against the named accused in this connection and that they should be directed to pay compensation as per Section 357 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
He also demanded that the accused be directed to pay the costs of the litigation in the present complaint and any other or further reliefs deemed fit and proper by the court.
Wadia becomes the second eminent personality connected to the Tata Group who had dragged the Tata Group to court in the ongoing imbroglio.
Last Tuesday, former ousted Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus Mistry filed a petition with the National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai, under the Companies Act alleging “oppressions and mismanagement” in the Tata Sons.