The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Tuesday approved the Mumbai-based Suraksha group’s bid to buy Jaypee Infratech Ltd, a development that comes as a relief for more than 20,000 homebuyers nearly six years after the debt-ridden company entered into the insolvency process .
The ruling, which also comes nearly two years after the Committee of Creditors (CoC) gave its nod for Suraksha group’s offer, will pave the way for the completion of more than 20,000 housing units in various stalled projects of Jaypee Infratech Ltd (JIL) spread across Noida and Greater Noida in the national capital region.
A two-member Principal bench of NCLT headed by President Ramalingam Sudhakar on Tuesday approved the resolution plan, more than three months after concluding the hearing and reserving the order.
A monitoring committee will be set up by the applicant Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) and it will take all necessary steps for expeditious implementation of the resolution plan, the bench said.
The committee, to be constituted as per the resolution plan, will be set up in seven days.
The successful resolution applicant should deliver the units for possession by the homebuyers concerned as per the time frame promised in the resolution plan, the bench said.
“The monitoring committee would supervise and monitor the progress of the construction of units related to infrastructure development on a day-to-day basis and file a report before this Adjudicating Authority (NCLT) on a monthly basis,” it added.
On November 22 last year, NCLT had reserved its order over the plea filed by the IRP of Jaypee Infratech Ltd (JIL) seeking approval for Suraksha group’s bid.
In June 2021, Suraksha group received the approval of the CoC, which includes banks and homebuyers, to takeover JIL.
JIL was among the first list of 12 companies against whom the RBI had directed the banks to approach NCLT for initiation of insolvency proceedings.
Section 12 (1) of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) mandates a CIRP to be completed within a time frame of 180 days from the date of admission of the application. Subject to certain conditions, CIRP can be extended and completed within 330 days, including any extension and the time taken in legal proceedings.
CIRP refers to Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process.
However, JIL was an exceptional case that faced several rounds of litigations.
In the fourth round of the bidding process to find a buyer for JIL in 2021, the Suraksha group had won the bid with 98.66 per cent votes. The company had got 0.12 per cent more votes than state-owned NBCC, which was also in the fray.
As many as 12 banks and more than 20,000 homebuyers have voting rights in the CoC.
CIRP against JIL was started in August 2017 over an application by an IDBI Bank-led consortium.
In its final decision plan, Suraksha group offered to bankers more than 2,500 acres of land and nearly ₹1,300 crore by way of issuing non-convertible debentures.
It has also proposed to complete all pending flats over the next four years.
JIL’s lenders have submitted a claim of Rs 9,783 crore.
In the first round of insolvency proceedings in 2018, the 7,350 crore-bid of Lakshadweep, part of the Suraksha group, was rejected by the lenders.
The CoC had rejected the bids of Suraksha and NBCC in the second round held in May-June 2019.
In November 2019, Supreme Court directed that the bid reviews be invited only from NBCC and Suraksha. Then, in December 2019, the CoC approved the resolution plan of NBCC with a 97.36 per cent vote in favor during the third round of the bidding process.
In March 2020, NBCC had obtained approval from the NCLT to acquire JIL.
However, the order was challenged before the NCLAT and later in the Supreme Court.
On March 21, 2021, the apex court ordered for a fresh round of bidding between the NBCC and the Suraksha group only.