Aug 4, 2021
The downfall of Nissan's Carlos Ghosn: An insider's view
At the time of Carlos Ghosn's arrest, Mr Passi, a 45-year-old British lawyer, was working as Nissan's global general counsel, leading a team of 250 people. Prosecutors were acting on information provided by Nissan itself, much of it collated by Mr Ghosn's own chief of staff Hari Nada.Mr Ghosn subsequently claimed he was the victim of a plot orchestrated by Mr Nada and the chief executive Hiroto Saikawa, alongside high-ranking government officials. There were extensive leaks to the media which he says "Cast Ghosn in a particular light and was in favour of Nissan". Nissan, which still employs Hari Nada, declined to answer a list of questions from the BBC regarding Mr Passi's allegations, on the grounds that it does not comment on ongoing litigation. Looking back, Ravinder Passi describes his experiences at Nissan as "Kind of surreal".
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