Atul Punj, chairman of Punj Lloyd Ltd., attends the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)‘s “Singapore Symposium” in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Pankaj Nagia/Bloomberg)

NCLT Admits ICICI Bank’s Insolvency Plea Against Punj Lloyd Over Rs 854-Crore Default

The National Company Law Tribunal has admitted an insolvency plea against Punj Lloyd Ltd. filed by ICICI Bank Ltd.

A two-member principal bench headed by President Justice MM Kumar admitted the lender’s plea to initiate insolvency proceedings against Punj Lloyd for a default of Rs 853.83 crore.

Punj Lloyd, confirming the development, was waiting for the copy of the full order to provide further details, the engineering and construction company said in a regulatory filing.

“We hereby inform you that NCLT principal bench, New Delhi vide order pronounced on March 8, 2019, has admitted the petition filed by ICICI Bank under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 in respect of an alleged default amount of Rs 853.83 crore,” Punj Lloyd said in the filing.

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Last year in June, ICICI Bank had filed an application before the NCLT against Punj Lloyd alleging default by the company.

However, at that time, its other lenders, including State Bank of India opposed the insolvency plea, saying the company has several ongoing projects and favoured restructuring of its debts.

Punj Lloyd has total debt of around Rs 6,000 crore, in which ICICI Bank has debt of around Rs 854 crore.

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