Jet Airways crisis: NCLT asks grounded airline's lenders to release lifeline funds within 15 days

  • The lenders had in-principle sanctioned Rs 63 crore to the resolution professional

  • The RP of Jet Airways had moved NCLT on 20 September seeking directions to the lenders

  • The RP had informed NCLT if the interim financing is not done timely, corporate insolvency resolution process would come to a halt

Mumbai: The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Wednesday directed the financial creditors of the grounded Jet Airways to release some interim lifeline funds within 15 days.

The lenders had in-principle sanctioned Rs 63 crore to the resolution professional (RP) and SBI, the lead lender, had reportedly already disbursed its portion of Rs 10 crore.

However, other lenders like Yes Bank, Punjab National Bank, IDBI Bank, Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and Axis Bank are yet to release their portion.

 Jet Airways crisis: NCLT asks grounded airlines lenders to release lifeline funds within 15 days

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Therefore, the tribunal has directed these lenders to release the amount within 15 days.

The RP of Jet Airways had moved NCLT on 20 September seeking directions to the lenders, who own 51 percent in the airline since March, to release interim funds.

The lenders had earlier approved to sanction Rs 63 crore in interim funding to meet the day to day needs and also the fees for the RP.

The RP had informed the tribunal that if the interim financing is not done timely, the corporate insolvency
resolution process would come to a halt.

Following this the lenders, who own 51 percent in the bankrupt company with no business or revenue, had approved interim financing measures in its previous meetings.

NCLT on 20 June admitted the insolvency petition filed by the lenders' consortium led by State Bank against Jet Airways.

The tribunal has also appointed Ashish Chhauchharia of Grant Thornton as the resolution professional for the crippled airline that stopped operations on 17 April.

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Updated Date: Sep 26, 2019 12:09:45 IST