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IL&FS case: Moody's India arm ICRA fires CEO Naresh Takkar with immediate effect

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The board of rating agency ICRA on Thursday, terminated the services of its managing director and CEO Naresh Takkar, following the appearance of his name in the IL&FS case.

IL&FS case: Moody's India arm ICRA fires CEO Naresh Takkar with immediate effect
The board of rating agency ICRA, an affiliate of Moody's, on Thursday, terminated the services of its managing director and CEO Naresh Takkar, following the appearance of his name in the IL&FS case.
"The board of directors of ICRA Limited, at a meeting today, after due consideration and taking into account the best interests of the company and its various stakeholders, has decided to terminate the employment of Naresh Takkar as managing director and Group CEO of ICRA, effective immediately," ICRA said in a regulatory filing.
The ICRA board will commence the search for a replacement, it said.
Takkar was sent on forced leave in July following a review by the rating agency pending an enquiry into the "concerns" raised by the capital markets watchdog Sebi.
Vipul Agarwal, who was appointed interim COO on July 1, 2019, remains responsible for the day-to-day operation of the company until a CEO is appointed, ICRA said.
"ICRA remains committed to ensuring the independence and integrity of its rating process and sound corporate governance."
Takkar's forced leave in July was seen as an unprecedented step, a first in the industry, which occurred at a time when the rating agencies were under a cloud following the IL&FS debacle.
The infra lender was enjoying top ratings right till the time of its first default in late August last year.
Earlier in May, there were reports that the ICRA brass was being probed for influencing the 'AAA' rating on IL&FS and had hired KPMG to look into the allegations.
Takkar had been at the helm of ICRA for long and was also recently appointed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as a member of its committee on the development of housing finance securitisation market, which is chaired by Bain & Co's Harsh Vardhan.
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