April 21 Tata Trusts:
* Tata Trusts says Tata Trusts denies any connection with
PIL on tobacco
* Tata Trusts - it has no connection with a recent public
interest litigation on government entities' equity holding in
* Tata Trusts says "baseless" to describe petition as
initiated by trusts because two petiitioners work for
Source text - (Tata Trusts clarifies that it has no connection
whatsoever with a recent public interest litigation on
government entities' equity holding in the tobacco sector.
A section of the media has today mischievously attempted to
suggest that the petition is an initiative of the Trusts, and
has tried to draw links with Indian Hotels Company Limited and
ITC Limited. Tata Trusts denounces such suggestions.
The petitioners have filed the plea, as private citizens. The
main petitioner is Dr. Sumitra Pednekar, wife of the late Satish
Pednekar, former minister of Maharashtra. The other petitioners
are Mr. Ashish Deshmukh, BJP MLA from Katol (Maharashtra), Dr.
Abhay Bang, a public health expert, Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi,
leading cancer surgeon, Dr. Prakash Gupta, public health expert,
and Mr. R. Venkataramanan and Mr. Lakshman Sethuraman, two Tata
Trusts employees, all of whom have joined the petition in their
It is baseless to describe the petition as initiated by the
Trusts just because the latter two work for the organisation.)