Following the termination from the Tata Steel board, ousted Tata group chairman Cyrus Mistry, with his wife, today visited the Saibaba Temple in Shirdi and the Shani Shingnapur Temple. Accompanied by his wife, Mistry, arrived in Shirdi by a helicopter this morning and had ‘darshan’ of Shri Saibaba at the temple,where tight security arrangements were made in view of his visit.
Mediapersons, including photographers, were not allowed near the shrine during the short visit of Mistry, who was last month ousted at the chairman of Tata Sons – the holding company of Tata Group firms. Temple spokesperson Mohan Yadav confirmed Mistry’s visit to the popular shrine dedicated to Saibaba, a 19th century saint revered by people across communities.
From there, Mistry and his wife went to the renowned Shani Shingnapur Temple. The shrine, dedicated to Lord Shani, who personifies the planet Saturn in Hindu belief, is located at a short distance from Shirdi in this Western Maharashtra district. Keeping with the tradition followed by devotees, Mistry and his wife poured oil on an idol of Lord Shani. They, however, did not go up to the ‘chabutra’, or the sanctum sanctorum, as it was closed today.
Earlier yesterday, Mistry was replaced from the post of the chairman of Tata Steel, with the Indipendent Director OP Bhatt in his place. To remove Cyrus Mistry and indipendent director Nusli Wadia as the directors on the board of the company, the Tatas had decided to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on December 21.
When reporters asked him about the ongoing boardroom brawl over control of the Tata Group, Mistry said: “Everything thing will be fine (sab theek ho jaega).”
(With inputs from PTI)