Anil Ambani Resigns As Director Of Reliance Communications
Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Group, arrives at company’s annual general meeting in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Anil Ambani Resigns As Director Of Reliance Communications

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Reliance Communications Ltd. Chairman Anil Ambani along with four directors have resigned from the company, which is going through insolvency process, according to a regulatory filing.

The chief financial officer of the debt-ridden company Manikantan V has also resigned, the filing said.

“Shri Anil D Ambani, Smt. Chhaya Virani, Smt. Manjari Kacker have tendered their resignation as Director of Company on Nov. 15, 2019,” the filing said.

Ryna Karani and Suresh Rangachar tendered their resignations on Nov. 14 and Nov. 13, 2019 respectively.

The development comes a day after RCom posted a consolidated loss of Rs 30,142 crore for July-September 2019 due to provisioning for liabilities after the Supreme Court ruling on statutory dues.

This was the second highest loss posted by any Indian corporate till date.

Ambani was once in the world’s top 10 rich persons list but now the company is struggling to even sell assets for the recovery of dues.

During July-September 2019, the company set aside Rs 28,314 crore on account of provisioning following the Supreme Court order on calculation of annual adjusted gross revenue of telecom companies.

The apex court last month upheld the government's position on including revenue from non-telecommunication businesses in calculating the annual AGR, a share of which has to be paid as licence and spectrum fee to the exchequer. RCom’s total liability includes Rs 23,327 crore licence fee and Rs 4,987 crore spectrum usage charges.

Ambani got the charge of RCom after property division between him and his elder brother Mukesh Ambani in 2005.

The company is undergoing through insolvency proceedings following an application filed by Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson. The National Company Law Tribunal has handed over control of the company to an insolvency resolution professional.

Sources estimate that RCom Group’s total secured debt is around Rs 33,000 crore. Lenders have submitted claim of around Rs 49,000 crore in August.

RCom has put its all assets for sale which include spectrum holding of 122 MHz that the company before insolvency proceedings estimated to be around Rs 14,000 crore, towers business for Rs 7,000 crore, optical fibre network Rs 3,000 crore and data centres worth Rs 4,000 crore.

The Committee of Creditors looking after asset sale of RCom will open bids received for the assets on Nov. 24.

Also read: Committee Of Creditors Extend RCom’s Asset Bid Deadline By 10 Days

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