Police, who had overruled that it was a case of murder, claimed that Slym apparently left a 'suicide note' in his room in the hotel. A police officer was quoted as saying, "Initially, we can only assume that he committed suicide."
Rejecting reports of murder, police earlier said, "We found a window open. The windows were very small; it was not possible that he would have slipped. He would have had to climb through the window to fall out (as) he was a big man. From the initial investigation, we believe he jumped."
The windows were very small; it was not possible that he would have slipped
Slym was leading the company at a time when the auto industry was grappling with prolonged slowdown. He joined the auto major in 2012 as part of a major management overhaul and was responsible for charting the company's strategy to regain momentum in the Indian market.
Before joining Tata Motors, Slym was the executive vice president, SGMW Motors, China (a General Motors Joint Venture). Prior to that, he was president, managing director and board member of General Motors in India during 2007-11. For over two decades, Slym was with Toyota and General Motors in various positions across geographies.
According to sources, Tata Motors is in the process of forming a steering committee headed by Chairman and the vice-chairman and non-executive director -- Cyrus Mistry and Ravi Kant respectively to manage the company till a new MD is appointed.