INDIA. Mumbai: The last rites of Cyrus Mistry (54), a scion of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group and the former Tata Sons chairman, who was killed in a road accident on Sunday, were performed at South Central Mumbai’s Worli electric crematorium on Tuesday.
Mistry’s mortal remains, decorated with white flowers, were brought from the state-run JJ Hospital to the crematorium and kept for friends and family to offer their prayers.
A family priest performed the ritualistic prayers as per Parsi tradition before the last rites. A pandal was specially erected for the last rites at the crematorium.
Industry doyen Ratan Tata’s stepmother wheel-chair bound Simone Tata (92) arrived at the crematorium in a special van. Former TCS head S Ramadorai and Madhu Kannan, one of the key executives handpicked by Mistry during his chairmanship of Tata Sons, were also present at the funeral.
Members of the Parsi community, business leaders, and politicians were among those who attended the cremation. They included: Cyrus Mistry’s elder brother Shapoor Mistry and father-in-law and senior lawyer Iqbal Chagla, senior lawyer Aabad Ponda, industrialists Anil Ambani and Ajit Gulabchand.
Others present included, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ganesh Naik, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, Vishal Kampani, filmmaker and entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala, architect Hafeez Contractor, former Congress MP Milind Deora, Mahanaryaman Scindia, the son of union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, and architect Hafeez Contractor.
Mistry and his friend Jahangir Pandole were killed in a road accident in the Palghar district of Maharashtra on Sunday afternoon. Dr Anahita Pundole (55), and her husband Darius Pundole (60), were severely injured. They are under treatment at Sir HN Reliance Foundation hospital in Girgaum in south Mumbai.
Born on July 4, 1968, Cyrus Mistry earned a civil engineering degree from London’s Imperial College of Science and Technology and a post-graduate degree of Master of Science in Management from London Business School. He joined the family business in March 1991 as a director, overseeing the group’s construction business, a letter posted by the Shahpoorji Pallonji Group on the networking site LinkedIn, said.