The Tata Group, which is already fighting a boardroom battle after Ratan Tata took over as the chairman following the stepping down of Cyrus Mistry is again in the news, for all the wrong reasons.
This morning, a scuffle broke out between security personnel at Bombay House and photographers trying to click pictures of ousted Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus Mistry, injuring one of them, ahead of the board meeting of Tata group firm Indian Hotels Company Ltd.
At least three news photographers were injured on the premises of Bombay House, the headquarters of the Tata Group, after they were beaten up by security staff of the Tatas.
According to PTI report, as soon as Mistry, who is the Chairman of IHCL, arrived at the Tata group headquarters to chair a board meeting to consider quarterly financial performance of the company, photographers went beyond the cordoned off area to click his pictures.
Unable to control the situation, the security personnel roughed up the photographers, injuring one belonging to the Times of India and damaging his equipment. Cameras belonging to lens men of Mid-Day and Hindustan Times were also damaged.
The situation was brought under control with the intervention of police from Mata Ramabai Police station.
Debashis Ray, Tata Group spokesperson, apologised to the journalists later.
"We deeply regret the incident during the entry of certain board directors today. We profusely apologise to the press corp and their families for this incident. We will ensure that such a situation does not recur. We do understand the difficult job and trying situations in which the media corp undertake their duty and have always supported their endeavour. We wish to reiterate that we treasure our cordial relationship with the members of the media and will strive to ensure that it is maintained," Ray said in a statement.
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(With inputs from PTI)