The Delhi HC has issued a restraining order to an unnamed person who reportedly created websites under the name of Cyrus Mistry. The court added that the sites were created to “blatantly and illegally” capitalize on the well-known businessman.
Justice Manmohan Sigh directed the person to transfer the site titled ‘www.cyrusmistry.co.uk’, and ‘www.cyrusmistry.co’, in favor of Cyrus Pallonji Mistry, Chairman of Tata Group.
The court additionally imposed a punitive damage of Rs five lakh on the defendant and directed that the amount be deposited with the Delhi HC’s Library Fund.
The judge further noted that the domain names were created in December 2011— a month after Tata Group announced that Mistry would be taking over as Chairman.
Further, the judge referred to an email sent by the defendant to the company on February 2012 and added that the communication “”clearly brings to the fore, the threatening tone of the defendant”. The defendant was “deliberately and in an authorized manner trying to usurp the reputation of the businessman”, added the court.
“The loss and damage incurred by the plaintiffs (Tata and Mistry) is also on account of loss of reputation and goodwill of the plaintiffs/its Chairman and companies promoted by him in the market. The defendant is blatantly and illegally capitalizing on the strength of use of the well known personal name of plaintiff 2 i.e Cyrus P Mistry for the purposes of making illegal profit and gain,” said the Delhi HC order.