In a major escalation of boardroom brawl at the Tata Group, Cyrus Mistry on Tuesday voted out as chairman by the board of the Tata Global Beverages, the second listed firm of USD 103-billion Group to remove him. 

Seven out of 10 directors at the board meeting of Tata Global Beverages, the maker of Tata Tea and Coffee, voted for removal of Mistry as chairman of the company, TGBL said in a regulatory filing.

Last week, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said Mistry, who was abruptly sacked as the chairman of Tata group's holding company, has been removed and replaced by Ishaat Hussain in the interim. 

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 "The developments at the board meeting of the Tata Global Beverages Ltd is nothing but a repeat of the illegality that the Board of Directors of Tata Sons Ltd did on October 24," Mistry said in a statement issued by his office.

It claimed there was nothing on the agenda of the Board, a meeting of which was called to approve second quarter earnings, "about replacement of the Chairman just as there was nothing in the Tata Sons Board Agenda on October 24," it said.

Two out of the six independent directors on TGBL -- Darius Pandole and Analjit Singh -- voted against the resolution moved for Mistry's ouster. Ireena Vittal is believed to have abstained.

Tata Global Beverages Ltd (TGBL) said Harish Bhat, a non-executive director of the company, has been appointed chairman of the company. Bhat is believed to be a confidant of Ratan Tata, who was brought back from retirement as interim chairman of Tata Sons after Mistry was shown the door. 

Since taking over, the 78-year-old Tata has begun tightening his grip over the conglomerate. Even after his removal as chairman of Tata Sons, Mistry continues to head several listed companies ranging from Tata Motors to Tata Steel and Tata Power. 

Tata Sons has asked Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals and Indian Hotels Co Ltd (IHCL) to call extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to remove Mistry from the board. 

"The board of directors of the company considered the continuance of Cyrus P Mistry as chairman of the company at its board meeting held on November 15, 2016," TGBL said in the regulatory filing. 

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"After extensive deliberations, and keeping in view the long-term interest and alignment of all stakeholders and stability of the company, the board of directors resolved to replace Cyrus P Mistry as chairman of the Company, by a majority vote, with 7 out of the 10 Directors present at the board meeting, voting in favour of the resolution."

Earlier in the day, Mistry  said allegations by the company of rising expenses and impairment losses when he was at the helm were "another brazen attempt to mislead the public and shareholders."

One of the reasons for a rise in expenses under Mistry's tenure was because Tata Sons was bearing some costs on behalf of the Tata trusts, its biggest shareholder, while impairments and writedowns were due to legacy issues, Mistry's office said in a statement.

Mistry office's retort is in response to allegations made by Tata Sons last week in a nine-page statement.

Mistry was ousted last month as chairman of Tata Sons, sparking a bitter feud between the two sides.

(With inputs from Reuters & PTI)