"These are terms used by the publications and not by Tata, in any manner," the statement said. "Tata Sons is surprised that reputed media entities have sensationalised the observations without taking into cognisance the tone, tenor and context of the interview."
The statement said that Ratan Tata has always supported Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, even when the latter faced mass cricitism. Criticising the Prime Minister was the last thing he wanted to do, it added.
In the interview, which took place roughly three weeks before he is due to retire, Tata reportedly accused the government of failing to work as a cohesive unit.