Tributes pour in for former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry

Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry died in a road accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar on Sunday.

Mistry was returning to Mumbai from Ahmedabad in his Mercedes that crashed on a divider. He was 54.

Police said besides Mistry, three other persons were there in the fateful car – renowned Mumbai gynaecologist Dr Anahita Pundole, her husband Darius Pundole and Jehangir Pundole, brother of Darius.

The other deceased was identified as Jahangir Binshah Pandole. Their bodies have been sent to the Kasa Rural Hospital for postmortem examination.

Dr Pundole and Darius Pundole are undergoing treatment at a hospital at Vapi where they are reported to be out of danger.

“Prima facie, it appears to be a case of overspeeding and she [Anahita Pandole] lost control over the wheel,” Palghar Superintendent of Police Balasaheb Patil said. “We are investigating the matter.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Mistry’s death is a big loss to the world of commerce and industry.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said he was shocked to hear about Mistry’s death.

“He was not only a successful entrepreneur but also was seen in the industry as a young, bright and visionary personality,” Shinde added. “It’s a great loss…My heartfelt tribute.”

Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule also mourned Mistry’s death. “Devastating news my brother Cyrus Mistry passed away,” she wrote on Twitter. “Can’t believe it.”