Mumbai, May 27, 2011 Certain media reports regarding the resignation of an Independent Director from the Board of Tata Communications Limited have included incomplete information and misleading allusions in an attempt to create confusion. The facts are stated below:
The Shareholder’s Agreement signed at the time of the disinvestment of VSNL in 2002 between the Government of India and Panatone Finvest Ltd. (Strategic Partner) as also the Articles of Association of Tata Communications Ltd. include clauses regarding Board composition. The Government has the right to nominate four Directors, comprising two non-executive Directors and two Independent Directors. Exercising this right, the GoI nominated Mr. P V Kalyanasundaram and Dr. V R S Sampath as Independent Directors on the Board of Tata Communications Ltd. in September 2005. This followed the resignation of the Government nominated Independent Directors, Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala and Mr. Vivek Singhal who were appointed in 2002.
On 7 April 2011, Tata Communications received letters from the DoT informing that the Government had withdrawn its nomination of Mr. Kalyanasundaram and Dr. Sampath as Independent Directors and sought to replace them with other nominees. On 25 April 2011, the company received a special notice under section 284 of the Companies Act from the Government proposing resolutions to be placed before the shareholders at a general meeting for removal of Mr. Kalyanasundaram and Dr. Sampath from the Board of Tata Communications Ltd. While the company was processing the letter dt. 25 April 2011, Mr.Kalayanasundaram tendered his resignation on May 20, 2011 which was informed to the Stock Exchanges on the following date. The resignation of Dr. Sampath has not been received by the company /Board till now.
The Company is not aware of the political affiliations of its Directors, if any. In this particular case, neither the GoI nor the concerned Independent Directors have made any disclosure regarding their political affiliations. The appointment of Mr. Kalyanasundaram and Dr. Sampath to the Tata Communications Board followed their nomination by the Government of India and their election at the AGMs.
About Tata Communications
Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.
The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.
Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United Telecom Limited).
Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)
Forward-looking and cautionary statements
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