The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Thursday allowed a petition filed by lenders of Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Capital (RCap) seeking another round of auction for the debt-ridden company undergoing insolvency process, reported by the PTI.
According to the report, a two-member bench of the appellate tribunal set aside an order passed by the NCLT. The tribunal said the Committee of Creditors (CoC) has the power to negotiate and call for a higher bid.
The NCLAT permitted the CoC to continue with the challenge mechanism and invite bids after two weeks. The NCLAT order came on a petition filed by Vistra ITCL (India), one of the lenders of Reliance Capital, challenging an order of NCLT which restricted further auction of the bankrupt firm. Reliance Capital has a consolidated debt of about Rs 40,000 crore.
In the RCap matter, Torrent Investments had emerged as the highest bidder with a resolution plan of Rs 8,640 crore. However, the CoC of RCap decided to conduct a second challenge mechanism and then Hinduja Group firm Indusind International Holdings Ltd (IIHL) put a revised bid.
This was challenged by Torrent Investments before the Mumbai Bench of NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal). The NCLT had on February 2 said the challenge mechanism for financial bids stood concluded as on December 21, 2022, with the bid of Torrent Investments at Rs 8,640 crore being the highest.
Torrent Investments had filed a plea on January 9, requesting the tribunal to quash the lenders’ plan to hold a fresh auction for takeover of RCap. Later, IIHL also filed a petition challenging the NCLT order. Torrent Investments was the highest bidder offering Rs 8,640 crore in the last round of the “challenge mechanism”. IIHL has also challenged the NCLT order before the appellate tribunal.
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