NCLAT allows withdrawal of Liberty House bid for ARGL, pulls up UK-based co for not pursuing insolvency resolution process

A two-member bench pulled up Liberty House for not pursuing the corporate insolvency resolution process after being selected as the highest bidder

Press Trust of India March 08, 2019 13:11:47 IST
NCLAT allows withdrawal of Liberty House bid for ARGL, pulls up UK-based co for not pursuing insolvency resolution process
  • NCLAT has upheld the previous order of the Chandigarh bench of NCLT, which had imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on Liberty House

  • The appellate tribunal also directed to deduct the time period between 14 December, 2018, and Friday from the resolution process

  • Under the IBC, a resolution process has to be completed under 180 days with a further extension of 90 days to 270 days

New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Friday allowed the withdrawal of UK-based Liberty House bid for ARGL on the plea of resolution professional of the debt-ridden company.

A two-member bench, headed by Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya, also pulled up Liberty House for not pursuing the corporate insolvency resolution process after being selected as the highest bidder.

“You are a failure party all the time, dragging your feet. You are in a bad reputation. We would not allow you to take advantage of the appellate tribunal,” the bench said.

NCLAT has upheld the previous order of the Chandigarh bench of NCLT, which had imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on Liberty House citing casual approach.

NCLAT allows withdrawal of Liberty House bid for ARGL pulls up UKbased co for not pursuing insolvency resolution process

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The appellate tribunal also directed to deduct the time period between 14 December, 2018, and Friday from the resolution process.

Under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, a resolution process has to be completed under 180 days with a further extension of 90 days to 270 days.

Meanwhile, NCLAT also said that its order would not debate the participation of Liberty House in other resolution processes.

“Any observations against Liberty should not construed as finding against them ineligible from participating in any other resolution process,” NCLAT said.

Liberty House had emerged as the highest bidder in ARGL, a subsidiary of debt-ridden auto components maker Amtek Auto.

However, the company refused to go ahead and submit a bank guarantee after emerging as the highest bidder.

Following which, the resolution professional of the company moved NCLT to cancel the bid. NCLT had allowed it and imposed a cost on Liberty House.

This was challenged by Liberty House before NCLAT.

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