In another embarrassing ugly spat between the Tata group and Cyrus Mistry, it was reported that Ratan Tata had been disapproving of the manner in which the sexual harassment case against Indian Hotels’ Rakesh Sarna was handled. According to Mistry’s office, after the complaint was first brought forward in early 2015, Cyrus had been approached by the employee and he had found time aside to meet her. The female executive had earlier been a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) under Mistry. According to the allegations, Rakesh Sarn had requested her transfer to Taj. In a letter written by the victim to Mistry, it was mentioned that Sarna had sexually harassed her.
His office also stated that Cyrus Mistry had assured the victim that the Tata group stood committed in her support. It said that Mistry had instructed the HR department to set an interim position for the employee. It was reported that the harassed employee had quit the job after she was transferred to another role by the company.
Although, despite several attempts by Mistry, the victim had not accepted the new position offered to her and had chosen to pursue a career outside the Tata group. It was also reported that although an enquiry had not been set up at that point of time Mistry had formed a committee to probe the incident, which included senior staff, independent of the company.