NCLAT asks Dighi Port to submit comparative analysis of proposals by Adani Ports SEZ, promoters

  • The resolution plan by Adani Ports SEZ has already been approved by the Committee of Creditors, while the promoter's offer has been rejected

  • Dighi Port, which is being developed by Balaji Infra Projects in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, is going through insolvency resolution process

  • APSEZ and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) were among bidders of Dighi Port

New Delhi: The NCLAT has asked the creditors and RP of Dighi ports to file a comparative analysis of the resolution plan submitted by Adani Ports SEZ and the promoter's offer to settle loans with the creditors.

The resolution plan by Adani Ports SEZ has already been approved by the Committee of Creditors, while the promoter's offer has been rejected, the NCLAT was informed on 19 September.

The NCLAT will consider, on the next date of hearing, which is 17 October, whether a proposal by Vishal Vijay Kalantri and other promoters of Dighi Ports to settle with the creditor should be entertained at the stage of consideration of bids by one of the resolution applicant or not, the appellate tribunal said.

The Committee of Creditors (CoC) had informed the National Company Law Appellate (NCLAT) that it had approved the resolution plan submitted by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) with 99.68 percent votes for Dighi Port.

It was also informed that the proposal by the promoters under section 12A to settle the dues and bring the company out of insolvency was not accepted.

 NCLAT asks Dighi Port to submit comparative analysis of proposals by Adani Ports SEZ, promoters

Representative image. Reuters

During the proceedings of the NCLAT, counsel appearing for Kalantri had informed that the CoC of the company has done no comparison between the bids by the promoters and APSEZ about the viability, feasibility and financial matrix.

However, on this NCLAT said: "We are not inclined to deliberate on such issue today".

"We allow Counsel for the CoC and RP (Resolution Professional) to file an affidavit giving details of Plans approved by the CoC and the order as passed in the proposal under Section 12A," the NCLAT said.

"It will also be desirable if comparative chart proposal under Section 12A given by Vishal Vijay Kalantri (Promoter) and APSEZ ((successful resolution applicant) is produced for perusal," the appellate tribunal added.

The affidavit is to be filed within 10 days, said the NCLAT in an order dated 19 September 2019.

"On the next date, we will also consider the question as to whether at the stage of consideration of the Plan by one or other Resolution Applicant, a proposal under Section 12A should be entertained or not," it said.

Dighi Port, which is being developed by Balaji Infra Projects in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, is going through insolvency resolution process and—APSEZ and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) were among bidders.

During the last hearing, the NCLAT had directed the CoC to approve a resolution plan within three weeks and also to evaluate the proposal submitted by its promoters.

Earlier, the lenders had rejected the resolution plan filed by APSEZ and approved JNPT bid. However, later APSEZ moved the NCLAT by filing an appeal against it.

Dighi Port is facing insolvency proceedings after the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) allowed recovery plea by DBM Geotechnics and Constructions Pvt Ltd, one of its operational creditor for non-payment of construction of multi-purpose berth on 25 March 2018.

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

Updated Date: Sep 24, 2019 07:34:47 IST