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L&T Infrastructure Finance Co. Ltd. v/s


Company & Directors' Information:- INDIA INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED [Active] CIN = U67190DL2006GOI144520

Company & Directors' Information:- G K S INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED [Active] CIN = L45400DL1985PLC021038

Company & Directors' Information:- A INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED [Active] CIN = L25191RJ1980PLC002077

Company & Directors' Information:- K D P INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U74899DL1993PTC054780

Company & Directors' Information:- K P INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45203GJ2004PTC043482

Company & Directors' Information:- C INFRASTRUCTURE CORPORATION LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U61100DL1982PLC013968

Company & Directors' Information:- B & G INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U40105TN2001PTC047408

Company & Directors' Information:- O B INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200TG2006PLC049067

Company & Directors' Information:- K U INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45206TG2008PTC096209

Company & Directors' Information:- Y T INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45202MH2010PTC206409

Company & Directors' Information:- N K B INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200HR2011PTC042402

Company & Directors' Information:- R K D INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45209WB2009PTC131919

Company & Directors' Information:- B AND B INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U85110KA1987PLC008488

Company & Directors' Information:- K A J INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70101DL2011PTC217204

Company & Directors' Information:- U C C INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201MH2003PTC139844

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Company & Directors' Information:- L K INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400MH2010PTC203711

Company & Directors' Information:- B S R INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Converted to LLP and Dissolved] CIN = U70101KA2006PTC038204

Company & Directors' Information:- B N A INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201MH2006PTC163769

Company & Directors' Information:- S K J INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45102MH2001PTC131284

Company & Directors' Information:- K B A INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45202MH2009PTC194291

Company & Directors' Information:- V P M INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45400TN2011PTC082368

Company & Directors' Information:- K INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201GJ2009PTC056299

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Company & Directors' Information:- E K INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200TN2008PTC066962

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Company & Directors' Information:- K L N INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70100KA2013PTC070361

Company & Directors' Information:- C P INFRASTRUCTURE PVT LTD [Active] CIN = U45201DL2005PTC143865

Company & Directors' Information:- G. R. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200MH2005PTC152633

Company & Directors' Information:- R P INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200MH2003PTC141340

Company & Directors' Information:- K. J. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201MH2006PTC165014

Company & Directors' Information:- B S Y INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED. [Active] CIN = U70101HR2006PTC064456

Company & Directors' Information:- M AND S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45400TN2011PTC083038

Company & Directors' Information:- G B K INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45202MH2008PTC177202

Company & Directors' Information:- G K INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45200GJ2005PTC046213

Company & Directors' Information:- G S M INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201DL2004PTC125377

Company & Directors' Information:- V K M INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400UP2008PTC034606

Company & Directors' Information:- A V INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45203WB2006PTC111599

Company & Directors' Information:- S. J. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200DL2006PTC155904

Company & Directors' Information:- B. N. S. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45400MH2010PTC206202

Company & Directors' Information:- B G M INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400WB2011PTC162415

Company & Directors' Information:- S M V INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200DL2006PTC155016

Company & Directors' Information:- K S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED. [Active] CIN = U70101MP2006PTC020722

Company & Directors' Information:- K B S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70101DL2005PTC136641

Company & Directors' Information:- D L H INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U52600JH2010PTC014524

Company & Directors' Information:- S N N INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45202KA2011PTC059893

Company & Directors' Information:- G. V. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400DL2012PTC234078

Company & Directors' Information:- S A P INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201DL2005PTC141285

Company & Directors' Information:- K S K INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45400DL2008PTC175908

Company & Directors' Information:- N P L INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400CH2009PTC031638

Company & Directors' Information:- K. E. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400MH2012PTC225658

Company & Directors' Information:- P A S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200DL2006PTC155015

Company & Directors' Information:- G S T INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200MH2006PTC160073

Company & Directors' Information:- P J INFRASTRUCTURE PVT LTD [Active] CIN = U45200MH2006PTC159217

Company & Directors' Information:- S B M INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70102CH1992PLC012381

Company & Directors' Information:- A V C INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70102TG2007PTC056671

Company & Directors' Information:- V D INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400WB2008PTC122820

Company & Directors' Information:- I V M INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45209TG2011PTC073968

Company & Directors' Information:- U S INFRASTRUCTURE INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U74999DL2002PTC117525

Company & Directors' Information:- B G R INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45202KA2012PTC065026

Company & Directors' Information:- N. R. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45202GJ2006PTC049520

Company & Directors' Information:- K. G. R INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED. [Strike Off] CIN = U70102DL2008PTC177822

Company & Directors' Information:- A L INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200MH2008PTC184347

Company & Directors' Information:- N B INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201OR2008PTC009989

Company & Directors' Information:- C. I. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45203MP2005PTC018149

Company & Directors' Information:- S G INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201RJ1999PTC015467

Company & Directors' Information:- J N INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201OR2008PTC009789

Company & Directors' Information:- K C INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200PB2008PTC032011

Company & Directors' Information:- C C I INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201TN2007PTC063617

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Company & Directors' Information:- A B INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200MH2004PTC144994

Company & Directors' Information:- S H A INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45400UP2012PTC049795

Company & Directors' Information:- L V S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200TG2006PTC051289

Company & Directors' Information:- V H B INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45400DL2008PTC172682

Company & Directors' Information:- G A V INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U74999DL2007PTC158113

Company & Directors' Information:- S & I INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400HR2007PTC037191

Company & Directors' Information:- V V S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70100KA2015PTC084214

Company & Directors' Information:- D L INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201CT2018PTC008919

Company & Directors' Information:- G. H. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45309UP2020PTC126090

Company & Directors' Information:- L R INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45402TN2007PTC064029

Company & Directors' Information:- G. D. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45209MH2010PTC208011

Company & Directors' Information:- G N R INFRASTRUCTURE (INDIA) LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45200TG2009PLC065140

Company & Directors' Information:- A R K INFRASTRUCTURE INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U74900TG2015PTC100714

Company & Directors' Information:- B K INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201DL2005PTC136992

Company & Directors' Information:- R A INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U74899DL2005PTC143884

Company & Directors' Information:- C. A. D. INFRASTRUCTURE INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201MP1997PTC012280

Company & Directors' Information:- B R G INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201GJ2008PLC052708

Company & Directors' Information:- O P L INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Converted to LLP and Dissolved] CIN = U70101HR2009PTC039553

Company & Directors' Information:- C M INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201DL2003PTC122794

Company & Directors' Information:- L & C INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200KA2008PTC046271

Company & Directors' Information:- R. S. V. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U70100WB2008PTC127373

Company & Directors' Information:- C D E INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201MH2012PTC235483

Company & Directors' Information:- V & B INFRASTRUCTURE (I) PRIVATE LIMITED [Under Process of Striking Off] CIN = U45400MH2010PTC206803

Company & Directors' Information:- D B G INFRASTRUCTURE (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45209PN2010PTC137319

Company & Directors' Information:- C & C INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U74210PN2008PTC133179

Company & Directors' Information:- M N V INFRASTRUCTURE (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45202AN2010PTC000130

Company & Directors' Information:- S C N INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U67200TG1995PTC021606

Company & Directors' Information:- S P H R INFRASTRUCTURE PVT LTD [Strike Off] CIN = U45209WB2006PTC109280

Company & Directors' Information:- J V INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Under Process of Striking Off] CIN = U45201DL2005PTC139686

Company & Directors' Information:- S I S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Under Process of Striking Off] CIN = U70200DL2014PTC263278

Company & Directors' Information:- A S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70109DL1996PTC084029

Company & Directors' Information:- P G INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Converted to LLP] CIN = U70109DL1996PTC084030

Company & Directors' Information:- B S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70109DL1996PTC084031

Company & Directors' Information:- M S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70109DL1996PTC084032

Company & Directors' Information:- Z M INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200GJ2010PTC063179

Company & Directors' Information:- J B C INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45203PN1998PTC112753

Company & Directors' Information:- J K L INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45203TG1998PTC030087

Company & Directors' Information:- R L E S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45309TN2008PTC069251

Company & Directors' Information:- I I C INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U70109DL2006PTC152588

Company & Directors' Information:- H. G. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201GJ2007PTC049740

Company & Directors' Information:- AND INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U74999PY2016PTC008099

Company & Directors' Information:- J INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U70200UR2012PTC000254

Company & Directors' Information:- T S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70100MP2008PTC021187

Company & Directors' Information:- G T INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45200GJ2011PTC064637

Company & Directors' Information:- G L INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201GJ2007PTC050660

Company & Directors' Information:- M I J INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201DL2004PTC125213

Company & Directors' Information:- B T INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45202GJ2004PTC043463

Company & Directors' Information:- S B H INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U60231MH2011PTC217039

Company & Directors' Information:- Z & B INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70200MH2007PTC166887

Company & Directors' Information:- S & O INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400MH2011PTC214034

Company & Directors' Information:- D P S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45200MH2006PTC159955

Company & Directors' Information:- T S A INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400UP2014PTC065137

Company & Directors' Information:- V B G INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U70100TG2010PTC069278

Company & Directors' Information:- G S V INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45209TG2008PTC059195

Company & Directors' Information:- M N C INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45209TG2011PTC077524

Company & Directors' Information:- M I T INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45400DL2008PTC180830

Company & Directors' Information:- V N INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400DL2010PTC203928

Company & Directors' Information:- K K S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U74999DL2007PTC159678

Company & Directors' Information:- U R INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201DL2004PTC127085

Company & Directors' Information:- I K INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201DL2005PTC135711

Company & Directors' Information:- S S T INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201DL2005PTC137437

Company & Directors' Information:- D S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45201DL2005PTC138026

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Company & Directors' Information:- M R INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201DL2005PTC143565

Company & Directors' Information:- V INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U70200DL2009PTC191676

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Company & Directors' Information:- J V B INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70102DL2015PTC283560

Company & Directors' Information:- A K S T INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U70109DL2012PTC236675

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Company & Directors' Information:- G S K INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45200DL2006PTC155120

Company & Directors' Information:- H V INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200DL2007PTC158234

Company & Directors' Information:- R. R. G INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200DL2007PTC170567

Company & Directors' Information:- B P M INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45200DL2008PTC179121

Company & Directors' Information:- M & H INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U80904DL2007PTC166303

Company & Directors' Information:- B H I INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U70101MP2012PTC029256

Company & Directors' Information:- S AND Y INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45200MP2013PTC031382

Company & Directors' Information:- P V R N INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U45400HR2010PTC040311

Company & Directors' Information:- C D INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U74900HR2007PTC037175

Company & Directors' Information:- R J S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201GJ2009PTC055941

Company & Directors' Information:- B R B INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201GJ2008PTC053682

Company & Directors' Information:- B. R. INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201GJ2008PTC054103

Company & Directors' Information:- J S INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45203GJ2003PTC042641

Company & Directors' Information:- A AND H INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45203MH1998PLC117368

Company & Directors' Information:- D L C INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45201PB2007PTC031022

Company & Directors' Information:- R S J INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U45300DL2007PTC167583

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    Company Appeal (AT) (Insolvency) Nos. 676 & 677 of 2019

    Decided On, 19 August 2019

    At, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal

    By, THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE S.J. MUKHOPADHAYA
    By, CHAIRPERSON
    By, THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE A.I.S. CHEEMA
    By, JUDICIAL MEMBER & THE HONOURABLE MR. KANTHI NARAHARI
    By, TECHNICAL MEMBER

    For the Appellants: Abhinav Vasisht, Sr. Advocate with C.A. Sinha, Akshita Sachdeva, Sonali Khanna, Anshuman Chaturvedi, Advoates. For the Respondents: None.



Judgment Text


S.J. Mukhopadhaya, Chairperson, (J).

1. ICICI Bank Limited filed application under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (hereinafter referred to as ‘I&B Code’) for ‘corporate insolvency resolution process’ against ‘Gwalior Bypass Project Limited’-(‘corporate debtor’). After hearing the applicant-ICICI Bank Limited and ‘corporate debtor’, when the matter was reserved for orders, the appellant-L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. filed a petition for intervention for impleadment as a party-respondent.

2. The Adjudicating Authority (National Company Law Tribunal), Principal Bench, New Delhi by impugned order dated 29th May, 2019 rejected the petition for intervention not being a necessary party.

3. The Adjudicating Authority by another order dated 29th May, 2019 admitted the application under Section 7 preferred by the ICICI Bank Limited and initiated ‘corporate insolvency resolution process’ against ‘Gwalior Bypass Project Limited’-(‘corporate debtor’).

4. The order of rejection dated 29th May, 2019 and order of admission of application under Section 7 dated 29th May, 2019 are under challenge in these appeals.

5. According to the appellant, ‘Gwalior Bypass Project Ltd.’-(‘corporate debtor’) is a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV) for construction, development, finance, operation and maintenance of the work of construction of New Four Lane, Gwalior Bypass on NH-75 in the State of Madhya Pradesh. It is ‘stepdown subsidiary’ of ‘Era Infrastructure Engineering Ltd.’ As per Regulation of National Highway Authority of India (‘NHAI’ for short) in projects involving public interests led to a ring-fenced financing, in order to protect the ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’s’ asset from being encumbered.

6. It is stated that on 9th October, 2006, a Concession Agreement was executed between NHAI and ‘corporate debtor’ for construction, development, operation and maintenance, in terms of which the concessionaire was barred from creating any encumbrance, lien or from creating any rights or benefits under this Agreement or any Project Agreement except with prior consent in writing from NHAI.

7. Further, case of the appellant is that the ‘corporate debtor’ approached the appellant L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. for re-financing the erstwhile loan advanced by IDFC (erstwhile lender) by subscribing to secured, rated, redeemable, non-convertible debentures proposed to be issued by the ‘corporate debtor’, which was sanctioned vide letter dated 12th March, 2014 issued by the appellant for subscribing non-convertible debentures aggregating to Rs. 260 crores.

8. The said sanction letter was later superseded and replaced by a modified sanction letter dated 10th December, 2014 towards subscription of non-convertible debentures aggregating to Rs. 241.55 crores. Thereafter, on 24th December, 2014, a Debenture Trust Deed was executed between the ‘corporate debtor’ and Trustees (IL&FS) entailing inter alia the rights, powers and obligations of the Trustees, terms and conditions of the Debentures, security and asset cover, representation and warranties of the Companies. The Debenture Trust Deed specifically barred an act whereby the payment of the appellant’s debt may be hindered or delayed. The said facilities by way of non-convertible debentures were sanctioned by the appellant based on no objection letters dated 21st July, 2014, 21st October, 2014 and 11th March, 2015 issued by NHAI in favour of the ‘corporate debtor’ in terms of Clause 9 of Schedule 3 of the Debentures Trust Deed. It is alleged that in the meantime, the ICICI Bank sanctioned certain loan facilities to the tune of Rs. 91.5 crore to the ‘corporate debtor’. The sanction in favour of the ‘corporate debtor’ took place in the absence of any approval of NHAI, as mandated in terms of the Concession Agreement dated 9th October, 2006.

9. Therefore, according to the Counsel for the appellant sanction of loan by ICICI Bank having not been approved by NHAI, the Bank by filing application under Section 7 cannot deprive the appellant from occupying position of sole/senior lender. It is stated that the ‘L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd.’ (appellant) is occupying the position of sole/senior lender approved by NHAI of its rights and interests as accorded under the financing document, based on a pre-mature and unenforceable claim, the validity of which is disputed and pending adjudication before the Hon’ble Debt Recovery Tribunal-II, New Delhi in O.A. No. 805/2016. It is stated that a notice has been issued in the said case to all the parties including the appellant.

10. It was submitted that the impugned order has the effect of relegating the rights and interest of the appellant to that of a minority financial creditor with 38.76% voting share, as opposed to 61.24% share of 2nd respondent-ICICI Bank, blatantly disregarding appellant’s sole/senior and secured lender status vis-a-vis the ‘corporate debtor’. It was also submitted that by using the provisions of the I&B Code, the ICICI Bank indirectly manipulated in collusion with the ‘corporate debtor’

11. We have heard learned Counsel for the parties and perused the record.

12. In absence of any prohibition, it is always open to ‘financial creditor’ to file an application under Section 7 of the I&B Code for initiating ‘corporate insolvency resolution process’ against the ‘corporate debtor’, if the ‘financial creditor’ owes debt and the ‘corporate debtor’ defaults in payment.

13. In the case of Innoventive Industries Ltd. v. ICICI Bank, III (2017) BC 632 (SC)=VI (2017) SLT 533=(2018) 1 SCC 407, the Hon’ble Supreme Court while dealing with the application under Sections 7, 8 and 9 of the I&B Code observed:

“27. The scheme of the Code is to ensure that when a default takes place, in the sense that a debt becomes due and is not paid, the insolvency resolution process begins. Default is defined in Section 3(12) in very wide terms as meaning non-payment of a debt once it becomes due and payable, which includes non-payment of even part thereof or an instalment amount. For the meaning of “debt”, we have to go to Section 3(11), which in turn tells us that a debt means a liability of obligation in respect of a “claim” and for the meaning of “claim”, we have to go back to Section 3(6) which defines “claim” to mean a right to payment even if it is disputed. The Code gets triggered the moment default is of rupees one lakh or more (Section 4). The corporate insolvency resolution process may be triggered by the corporate debtor itself or a financial creditor or operational creditor. A distinction is made by the Code between debts owed to financial creditors and operational creditors. A financial creditor has been defined under Section 5(7) as a person to whom a financial debt is owed and a financial debt is defined in Section 5(8) to mean a debt which is disbursed against consideration for the time value of money. As opposed to this, an operational creditor means a person to whom an operational debt is owed and an operational debt under Section 5(21) means a claim in respect of provision of goods or services.

28. When it comes to a financial creditor triggering the process, Section 7 becomes relevant. Under the Explanation to Section 7(1), a default is in respect of a financial debt owed to any financial creditor of the corporate debtor — it need not be a debt owed to the applicant financial creditor. Under Section 7(2), an application is to be made under Sub-section (1) in such form and manner as is prescribed, which takes us to the Insol-vency and Bankruptcy (Application to Adjudicating Authority) Rules, 2016. Under Rule 4, the application is made by a financial creditor in Form 1 accompanied by documents and records required therein. Form 1 is a detailed Form in 5 Parts, which requires particulars of the applicant in Part I, particulars of the corporate debtor in Part II, particulars of the proposed interim resolution professional in Part III, particulars of the financial debt in Part IV and documents, records and evidence of default in Part V. Under Rule 4(3), the applicant is to dispatch a copy of the application filed with the Adjudicating Authority by registered post or speed post to the registered office of the corporate debtor. The speed, within which the Adjudicating Authority is to ascertain the existence of a default from the records of the information utility or on the basis of evidence furnished by the financial creditor, is important. This it must do within 14 days of the receipt of the application. It is at the stage of Section 7(5), where the Adjudicating Authority is to be satisfied that a default has occurred, that the corporate debtor is entitled to point out that a default has not occurred in the sense that the “debt”, which may also include a disputed claim, is not due. A debt may not be due if it is not payable in law or in fact. The moment the Adjudicating Authority is satisfied that a default has occurred, the application must be admitted unless it is incomplete, in which case it may give notice to the applicant to rectify the defect within 7 days of receipt of a notice from the Adjudicating Authority. Under Sub-section (7), the Adjudicating Authority shall then communicate the order passed to the financial creditor and corporate debtor within 7 days of admission or rejection of such application, as the case may be.

29. The scheme of Section 7 stands in contrast with the scheme under Section 8 where an operational creditor is, on the occurrence of a default, to first deliver a demand notice of the unpaid debt to the operational debtor in the manner provided in Section 8(1) of the Code. Under Section 8(2), the corporate debtor can, within a period of 10 days of receipt of the demand notice or copy of the invoice mentioned in Sub-section (1), bring to the notice of the operational creditor the existence of a dispute or the record of the pendency of a suit or arbitration proceedings, which is pre-existing—i.e. before such notice or invoice was received by the corporate debtor. The moment there is existence of such a dispute, the operational creditor gets out of the clutches of the Code.

30. On the other hand, as we have seen, in the case of a corporate debtor who commits a default of a financial debt, the Adjudicating Authority has merely to see the records of the information utility or other evidence produced by the financial creditor to satisfy itself that a default has occurred. It is of no matter that the debt is disputed so long as the debt is “due” i.e. payable unless interdicted by some law or has not yet become due in the sense that it is payable at some future date. It is only when this is proved to the satisfaction of the Adjudicating Authority that the Adjudicating Authority may reject an application and not otherwise.”

14. From the aforesaid decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, it will be evident that the Adjudicating Authority is required to notice as to whether the application is complete or not and if there is debt and the ‘corporate debtor’ defaulted in payment and the amount is more than Rs. 1 lakh, it is bound to admit an application under Section 7. Though, it is open to the ‘corporate debtor’ to object admission of application under Section 7 on the ground that the ‘debt is not payable in law or in fact’, but the application under Section 7 can be triggered even if the debt is disputed by the ‘corporate debtor’ and the amount of default is more than Rs. 1 lakh.

15. As per the decision of this Appellate Tribunal in Innoventive Industries Limited v. ICICI Bank & Anr. (supra), a limited notice is required to be given to the ‘corporate debtor’ before admitting an application under Section 7. In such case, the ‘corporate debtor’ may raise objection and may point out that there is no debt payable in law or

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in fact or that the default has not been committed. It is also open to the ‘corporate debtor’ to take plea that the applicant is not a ‘financial creditor’ or ‘operational creditor’. The ‘corporate debtor’ may also settle the claim with the ‘financial creditor’ or ‘operational creditor’ before admission of an application under Section 7 or 9. 16. In view of the aforesaid position of law, we hold that the appellant being not a Member/Shareholder of the ‘corporate debtor’, and has claimed to be a ‘financial creditor’ of the ‘corporate debtor’ has no right to intervene to oppose admission of the application under Section 7 preferred by the ICICI Bank against the ‘corporate debtor’. 17. After admission of the application under Section 7, if the appellant claims that it is one of the ‘financial creditor’, it can file claim before the ‘resolution professional’, but it cannot challenge the order of admission in absence of any challenge by the ‘corporate debtor’, on the ground that it has first charge on the asset of the ‘corporate debtor’ or has superior claim over the claim of the other ‘financial creditors’. 18. In view of the aforesaid position of law, no relief can be granted to the appellant. Both the Appeals are accordingly dismissed. No cost. Appeals dismissed.
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