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nclat: NCLAT rejects HDFC plea opposing sale of IL&FS BKC property


The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has dismissed the plea of HDFC to stay the sale of IL&FS headquarters in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) to Brookfield Asset Management. A two-member bench of the NCLAT said the sale of the property is as per the revised resolution framework approved by the appellate tribunal in March 2020 and it cannot operate as any fetter to proceed with the approval of the proposal.

Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd had made an offer to sanction a loan of Rs 400 crore to IL&FS as a lease rental discounting transaction.

The repayment of the said facility was to be from the cash flows generated from the use of the TIFC property being let out by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd whose cash flows were assigned in favour of HDFC.

However, the new management of the debt-ridden IL&FS decided to sell the property as part of its plan to reduce debt.

As per the established system, it also got permission from the adjudicating authority on September 23, 2022.

This was challenged by HDFC contending that the adjudicating authority passed the order on September 23, 2022 in violation of the principles of natural justice.

“… we, thus, are of the view that no grounds have been made out to interfere with the order passed by the adjudicating authority dated September 23, 2022,” the NCLAT said.

“No relief can also be granted in… as on date, the same stands rejected,” the NCLAT bench comprising Chairperson Justice Ashok Bhushan and Alok Srivastava said.


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