Zee CEO Punit Goenka spotted enjoying Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha event amidst corporate turmoil with Sony

In a surprising turn of events, the much-anticipated merger between Sony and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd has collapsed after two years of intricate negotiations. The fallout has thrust Punit Goenka, the Managing Director and CEO of Zee, into the spotlight, with some institutional investors reportedly seeking his removal.

The tumultuous situation gained an unexpected backdrop when Punit Goenka was seen enjoying the historic moments of the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha shortly after Zee revealed the shocking news of the failed merger with Sony.


Amidst the fallout, there are rumblings among institutional investors calling for the ousting of Punit Goenka from his position as MD and CEO of Zee. Reports suggest that regulatory intervention is being sought, and an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) may be on the horizon if Goenka refuses to step down voluntarily.

The root cause of the Sony-Zee merger’s demise appears to be leadership disputes. Sony Group Corp advocated for NP Singh, its India Managing Director and CEO, to assume the chief executive role in the merged entity. This proposition was met with resistance from Punit Goenka, further complicating the negotiations.

The conflict deepened as the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) imposed a ban on Goenka from holding any managerial position while investigating allegations of fund siphoning. Although Goenka managed to have the ban lifted, Sony remained cautious about proceeding with the merger.

As the deadline for the merger loomed, Goenka offered to step down, but disagreements persisted over NP Singh leading the deal. The unresolved issues and strained relations between the two companies eventually led to the cancellation of the $10 billion merger.