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Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya awarded Coventry's highest civic honour

Coventry City Council has agreed to make Ratan Tata, owner of Jaguar Land Rover, and Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, chairman of WMG, honorary freemen of the city.

A report to councillors recommended the pair be awarded the honour “in recognition of the investment of Tata Steel into Jaguar Land Rover which has enhanced and protected the status of car manufacturing in the region, the Jaguar Land Rover brand and particularly the employment of its employees and many subsidy suppliers, supported by the Warwick Manufacturing Group”.

The award of an honorary freeman title is the highest honour the city council can award individuals, 'who have in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent services to the city', it has only been handed out on 13 previous occasions. A date for a ceremony to mark the award of the titles has not yet been set.