Indian Hotels: Ajit Kerkar Controversy

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Case Code : BECG003 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 200 ;
For delivery through courier (within India): Rs. 200 + Rs. 25 for Shipping & Handling Charges


Ethics in Business
Case Length : 6 Pages
Period : 1995 - 1999
Pub. Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Indian Hotels, Tata Group
Industry : Food, Beverages & Tobacco
Countries : India


The case focuses on the rise and fall of Ajit Kerkar, the former Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. The case briefly discusses the various allegations of FERA violations leveled against Kerkar, which led to his downfall. It also mentions how the Tatas themselves had blown the whistle by providing the RBI with all the documents pertaining to Kerkar's violations. However, the RBI did not pursue the matter any further and passed on the case to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The DRI registered the case under FEMA, which had more liberal regulations than FERA. The new regulations did not seem to apply to the investigation. The case is intended for MBA/PGDBM level students as part of the Business Ethics curriculum.

At the end of the discussion students are expected to give their opinion on Kerkar as well as the Tatas. They have to debate whether these two parties were justified in their respective actions. The students are also expected to form an opinion on the ethical issues concerning Kerkar's various dealings.


Rise and fall of Ajit Kerkar, Alleged FERA violations by Kerkar, Role of TATA group


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Introduction 2
The Rise of Kerkar 2
The Allegations Against Kerkar 3
The End of the Kerkar Era 4
Exhibits 4


Ajit Kerkar, Chairman, Managing Director, Indian Hotels Co, FERA, Kerkar, Tatas, RBI, directorate of Revenue Intelligence, DRI, FEMA, liberal regulations, Business Ethics

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