NCLAT to decide over insolvency plea of Rcom

NCLAT to decide over insolvency plea of Rcom
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The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on Monday said it would decide on the insolvency of debt-ridden Reliance Communications (RCom).

New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on Monday said it would decide on the insolvency of debt-ridden Reliance Communications (RCom).

RCom has pleaded the tribunal to go ahead with insolvency proceedings against it as it is unable to pay dues to its lenders. Swiss telecom gear maker Ericsson, which received its unpaid dues of Rs 550 crore from RCom last month following a Supreme Court order, is opposing the move.

A two-member bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya also observed that if insolvency proceedings against RCom are allowed, then Ericsson would have to return Rs 550 crore.

"Why one party will take amount and let the financial creditors suffer," said the NCLAT, adding that either it may quash RCom bankruptcy proceedings in NCLT or allow bankruptcy case to proceed.

The appellate tribunal also said that it would consider the reply filed by the DoT over the RCom's plea against the show cause notice issued by it over spectrum charges due on April 30, the next date of hearing.

"DOT reply would be considered on April 30. Let us be very clear which are the assets of corporate debtor, whether they have some right of asset.

Can you take away licence? If yes, what is the value of the company (Rcom) then," the NCLAT said.

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