Sajjan Jindal is an Indian industrialist. He is the chairman and managing director of JSW (Jindal South West) Group. Sajjan Jindal’s group of companies focuses on the production of steel, mining, energy, sports, infrastructure, and software among others. In 2014, Sajjan Jindal won the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar.
Sajjan Jindal follows Hinduism.
Parents & Siblings
Wife & Children
Illegal Ore Mining Case
Officials from JSW Steel, including Chairman Sajjan Jindal and CEO Vinod Nowal, were accused by India’s federal police agency in a case related to illegal iron ore mining in Karnataka.
This development was due to an order from the Supreme Court in 2012, where the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was instructed to investigate JSW and other companies for alleged involvement in making donations, purchasing land at inflated prices, and offering bribes to state officials. The list of accused individuals also included former Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediurappa and his family members. The Supreme Court’s temporary ban on mining in Karnataka, citing irregularities in certain mines, impacted production at JSW Steel’s key 10-million-tonnes-per-year Vijayanagar plant. The Indian Express JSW Steel put out a statement on the matter and said,
The conclusions drawn by the said authorities leading to the charge-sheet are without basis. The company always abides by law of the country and would present its case before the court. The Company has full faith in the judiciary that justice will be done.” Business Today
In 2016, a special CBI court acquitted Sajjan Jindal and others involved in the case.
Sajjan Jindal allegedly violated the terms of his visa during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Murree, a hill station near Islamabad, apparently to avoid media attention. Reports from Pakistani media suggest that Jindal’s visa, numbered 769903 and issued on 25 April 2017, permitted visits only to Islamabad and Lahore, as per the visa accord signed between India and Pakistan. The meeting occurred while there was high tension between India and Pakistan over the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court. Indian officials, however, did not make any comment. Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam, confirmed the meeting at her father’s private residence in Murree, but she downplayed its relevance, describing Jindal as an old friend of the Prime Minister, and that the meeting was one between two old friends. Times of India
Uttaravilli Bhaskara Rao vs Sajjan Jindal
Uttaravilli Bhaskara Rao, a former junior manager at JSW Steel Limited, lost his job and approached the Karnataka High Court seeking reinstatement, promotion, back wages, benefits, police protection, the cancellation of an inquiry, compensation, and a CBI investigation against the Vice President of JSW Steel Limited. He claimed to know of wrongdoing at the company. However, the Court stated that Article 226, which deals with High Court powers, doesn’t apply to private employment contracts like his. Despite multiple hearings, Uttaravilli did not provide a satisfactory reason for the Court to consider his case. The Court expressed concern over the case’s long duration spanning a decade. In the end, the Court ruled that the petition was not maintainable under Article 226, as the respondent company is a private entity without government control. The petition was dismissed, and Uttaravilli was advised to seek remedies through the appropriate forum if desired. Indian Kanoon
The Rape Allegations
Sajjan Jindal found himself in a controversy when an FIR was registered against him at the Bandra Kurla Complex Police Station in Mumbai on 13 December 2023. The FIR was filed based on a complaint filed by a 30-year-old woman who accused Jindal of rape. According to the complainant, she met Jindal for the first time in Dubai on 8 October 2021 where they exchanged numbers to talk about a deal. After a few meetings, Jindal allegedly tried to make sexual advances, but the woman refused. According to the woman, Jindal sexually assaulted her at a penthouse in JSW Group’s BKC premises on 24 January 2022 following which tried to file a complaint against him but Mumbai police refused. On 5 December 2023, the woman moved to the High Court, and on 12 December 2023, the court ordered Mumbai police to register an FIR against him. Sajjan Jindal was booked under IPC Sections 376 (rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), and 503 (criminal intimidation). He later addressed the matter in an interview and mentioned the woman’s claims as baseless. The Indian Express
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Sajjan Jindal won the Willy Korf/Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award, for contributions made to the steel industry, in June 2009.
- Sajjan Jindal was awarded the National Metallurgist Award: Industry from the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, in 2014.
- Sajjan Jindal received the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar from President Pranab Mukherjee at the National Sports and Adventure Awards function in 2014.
- Sajjan Jindal was awarded the Parmarth Ratna Award for his community service through the JSW Foundation in 2016.
- Sajjan Jindal won the IIM (Indian Institute of Metals) – J. R. D. Tata Award for Excellence in Corporate Leadership in Metallurgical Industry in 2017.
- Sajjan Jindal was named CEO of the Year by Business Standard in 2018.
- Sajjan Jindal won the Best CEO Award in the Metals category from Business Today Magazine in 2019.
- Sajjan Jindal won the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year Award at the CNBC IBLA (India Business Leader Awards) in 2019.
- Sajjan Jindal was honoured as Businessman of the Year at the Maharashtrian of the Year Awards, 2020.
- Sajjan Jindal won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2022.
- Sajjan Jindal is referred to as India’s Man of Steel.
- Sajjan Jindal is very focused on his fitness and health. He works out every day. Sajjan Jindal has ensured that his steel plants have every sports facility.
- In 2017, the Jindal family was named Asia’s richest family, and their net worth was calculated to be 7.68 billion dollars. Forbes
- In an interview, Sajjan Jindal stated that he is passionate about cars and aims to build an electric car in India. Further, he said,
I’m very passionate about cars, and that’s been my childhood passion. I’ve been really wanting to build a car project for a long time. I think now is the time to build a very high-quality car in India which could be similar to a Tesla. That’s what I’m really working on. We are still in our early days. Idea is to make a car from India that will be for India but will be for a global market as well. So, we would want the car to be made in the country for Indians but also such a technology that should sell in Europe and Japan as well.” Business Today
- Sajjan Jindal states that he was very interested in sports from a young age. Sajjan Jindal regularly played squash. His son, Parth Jindal, jokingly stated that Sajjan quit playing squash once Parth started beating him at the game. Business Today Sajjan founded the Jindal Squash Academy at Vasind, Maharashtra. In an interview, he said,
I grew up playing everything, as Hisar had cricket grounds, badminton, squash and tennis courts. At boarding school in Mussoorie, we played hockey and football. Plus, we had courts in our factories, where everybody could come and play. So, not just me, the whole of Hisar was into sports…But I picked up squash because it’s a quick stress-buster, you build stamina and, in 45 minutes flat, you’re done, and refreshed.”