New Delhi: State Bank of India (SBINSE -3.13 Per cent) moved the insolvency court to recover more than Rs 1,200 crore from Anil Ambani under the personal guarantee clause of the bankruptcy law. It said Ambani had personally guaranteed loans taken by Reliance Communications NSE -5.00 Per cent, currently undergoing insolvency proceedings, which the state-owned lender is trying to recover.
SBI moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under Section 97(3) of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), seeking its intervention to direct the insolvency board to nominate a resolution professional (RP).
A Week to File Reply
The RP would assess and submit a report on the assets owned by Ambani.
On Thursday, lawyers representing Ambani sought time to file their reply. The NCLT bench presided over by BSV Prakash Kumar gave them a week.
“The matter relates to a corporate loan availed by Reliance Communications (RCom) and Reliance Infratel (RITL) and is not a personal loan of Mr Ambani,” a spokesperson for Anil Ambani said in an email. “RCom and RITL resolution plans were approved by 100% of their lenders in March 2020. These resolution plans are awaiting the approval of NCLT, Mumbai. Mr Ambani will file suitable replies, and NCLT has not given any relief to the petitioner.”
Senior counsel Venkatesh Dhond along with Ryan Dsouza is representing State Bank of India while Anil Ambani is represented by senior advocate Harish Salve.
“The bank is aiming to recover a sizeable amount from the personal guarantees made by Anil Ambani on loans to Reliance Communications,” said a bank official aware of the matter.
“Since there is no ban on personal insolvency cases, we have sought an urgent hearing of this matter in the NCLT.”
It is the policy of the bank not to comment on individual accounts and their treatment, an SBI spokesperson told ET.
“An application filed by the creditor for the appointment of resolution professional for the personal guarantor is required to be decided by the NCLT,” said Ashish K Singh, managing partner of law firm Capstone Legal. “The adjudication requires instructions to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) to nominate a resolution professional. As per the IBC, the nomination has to be done ..