Tata Motors sacks Corp Comm head Suresh Rangarajan over #MeToo allegations
In a statement issued today, Tata Motors has stated that Suresh Rangarajan, Chief of Corporate Communications, has been relieved from his services with immediate effect.
Allegations against Suresh Rangarajan had surfaced on Twitter last month. The automotive company responded swiftly and Suresh Rangarajan, has been asked to proceed on leave in order to allow for an objective inquiry to be completed as swiftly as possible.
At that time, the company had tweeted:
“At Tata Motors, we have always striven to ensure a respectful and safe workplace for everyone. Any allegations are investigated and appropriate action is taken immediately. This matter has already been taken up for investigation by the Internal Complaints Committee, set up as per law. Any such behavior is against the Tata code of conduct and appropriate action will be taken as soon the inquiry is completed.”
Announcing the “organizational change”, on Wednesday, Gajendra S Chandel, the head of Human Resources informed employees through an internal memo of the decision: “Suresh Rangarajan, Senior GM corporate communications has been discharged from the company’s services with immediate effect.”
The company has said that Ashmita Pillay, Deputy GM, Corporate Communications, will hold the charge of Corporate Communications until the appointment of a head of the function. In her new role, Ashmita will report to MD and CEO Guenter Butschek.