• Cyrus Mistry, chairman of Tata Group, smiles during the Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) annual general meeting in Mumbai June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

    Cyrus Mistry, chairman of Tata Group, smiles during the Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) annual general meeting in Mumbai June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (Copyright Reuters 2016)

  • A general view shows the Tata Steel works in Scunthorpe, northern England, October 27, 2015. Picture taken October 27, 2015.   REUTERS/Andrew Yates

    A general view shows the Tata Steel works in Scunthorpe, northern England, October 27, 2015. Picture taken October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Yates (Copyright Reuters 2016)

Mistry says Tata's $12 billion Corus purchase made despite doubts by some board members

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Ratan Tata's decision to acquire steelmaker Corus for more than $12 billion, when a year earlier it was available at half the price, went against the reservations of some board members and senior executives, Cyrus Mistry said on Tuesday.

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Mistry, who was last month ousted as chairman of Tata Sons, the holding firm for the $100 billion steel-to-software Tata empire, said in a statement that this decision made it harder to invest in the acquired assets and placed jobs at risk.

In the statement Mistry also defended his involvement in growing the revenues and profits at two key group companies, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Motors , that make up the bulk of Tata's $100 billion revenues.

(Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Douglas Busvine)