ITC - The FERA Violation Story

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Case Code : BECG016
Case Length : 14 Pages
Period : 1996 - 2001
Pub. Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Enforcement Directorate (ED), Customs and Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), ITC
Industry : Food, Beverages and Tobacco
Countries : India

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The Aftermath - Setting Things Right

Alarmed by the growing criticism of its corporate governance practices and the legal problems, ITC took some drastic steps in its board meeting held on November 15, 1996. ITC inducted three independent, non-executive directors on the Board and repealed the executive powers of Saurabh Misra, ITC deputy chairman, Feroze Vevaina, finance chief and R.K. Kutty, director.

ITC also suspended the powers of the Committee of Directors and appointed an interim management committee. This committee was headed by the Chairman and included chief executives of the main businesses to run the day-to-day affairs of the company until the company had a new corporate governance structure in place. ITC also appointed a chief vigilance officer (CVO) for the ITC group, who reported independently to the board. ITC restructured its management and corporate governance practices in early 1997. The new management structure comprised three tiers- the Board of Directors (BOD), the Core Management Committee (CMC) and the Divisional Management Committee (DMC), which were responsible for strategic supervision, strategic management, and executive management in the company respectively...


Exhibit I: Excise Duty Violation Charges Against ITC
Exhibit II: Share Price Manipulation Charges Against ITC
Exhibit III: FERA Sections Violated by ITC
Exhibit IV: ITC Board Members - 1996
Exhibit V: About FERA and FEMA
Exhibit VI: Restructured Corporate Governance Practices at ITC


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