Anand Mahindra’s Pledge After Details Emerge On Cyrus Mistry’s Car Accident

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Anand Mahindra urge everyone to take the pledge to wear seat belt even in the rear seat. (File)

As the police investigated the car crash that killed former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry, industrialist Anand Mahindra today posted a pledge that he said “we all owe our families”. His tweet focused on reports that Cyrus Mistry was in the backseat and not wearing his seat belt at the time.

“I resolve to always wear my seat belt even when in the rear seat of the car. And I urge all of you to take that pledge too. We all owe it to our families,” Anand Mahindra, the chairman of the Mahindra Group, wrote.

Cyrus Mistry, 54, died in an accident on Sunday on his way to Mumbai from Gujarat’s Udwada. He was traveling in a car with Darius Pandole, a former independent director in the Tata Group, his wife Anahita Pandole and brother Jehangir Pandole.

Anahita Pandole, a Mumbai-based gynaecologist, was driving the car, a Mercedes. The police say she may have lost control of the car while overtaking another vehicle at a high speed and hit a road divider.

Police sources said Cyrus Mistry and Jehangir Pandole were in the back seat and not wearing seat belts. Anahita Pandole and Darius Pandole were seriously injured and are in hospital.

The death of Cyrus Mistry has left the corporate world in shock. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as a promising business leader who believed in India’s economic prowess.

Cyrus Mistry was sacked as chairman of Tata Sons in a boardroom coup in 2016 after the company criticised his performance. His ouster triggered years-long courtroom and boardroom battle between the Mistrys and Tatas. The Supreme Court ruled last year that Cyrus Mistry’s ouster was legal.

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