NCLT Upholds Doha Bank Plea To Recover Rs 3,515 Crore Dues Of Reliance Infratel’s Lenders
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NCLT Upholds Doha Bank Plea To Recover Rs 3,515 Crore Dues Of Reliance Infratel’s Lenders


The National Company Law Tribunal has upheld the petition of Doha Bank seeking priority payment for the financial creditors of Reliance Infratel which will lead to around Rs 3,515 crore recovery for the lenders, according to a source aware of the development.

The payment has to be made from a payment of about Rs 4,400 crore realised from sale of assets to a Reliance Industries subsidiary through NCLT-driven debt resolution process.

According to the source, State Bank of India will receive Rs 728 crore, Mahima Mercantile Rs 514 crore, SC Lowy Rs 511 crore, VTB Capital PLC Rs 511 crore, Doha Bank 409 crore, Emirates NBD Rs 322 crore, ICBC Rs 278 crore and Standard Chartered Bank will get Rs 242 crore.

"Reliance Infratel will also get Rs 455 crore towards the equity and Working Capital needs from RIL subsidiary. Rest of the amount will be distributed among operational creditors, employees etc," the source said.

NCLT, Mumbai had approved the Reliance Infratel resolution plan on Dec. 3, 2020 in favour of a RIL subsidiary-- Reliance Projects and Property Management Services Ltd.

The tribunal had also noted that the distribution of proceeds to the financial creditors was subject to the disposal of Doha Bank's application.

Reliance Infratel had issued certain guarantees in favour of Reliance Communications and Reliance Telecom Ltd. lenders but the lenders of these two companies invoked guarantees when they defaulted and converted them into debt.

Doha Bank's contention was that the direct lenders of Reliance Infratel had a first right over the proceeds from the company's resolution plan, and not the corporate guarantee holders of RCom and RTL.

NCLT in its order on Tuesday upheld Doha Bank's plea, thus paving the way for 100% recovery for the financial creditors of Reliance Infratel, and the implementation of the Resolution Plan is expected to be complete by March 31, 2021, the source said.

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