At, SEBI Securities amp Exchange Board of India Securities Appellate Tribunal
By, THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE TARUN AGARWALA
By, PRESIDING OFFICER & THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE M.T. JOSHI
By, JUDICIAL MEMBER
For the Appellant: Nirmalya Dasgupta, Abhishek Gupta, Anirban Sen, Advocates. For the Respondent: Abhishek Khare, Sharvil Kala, Advocate i/b Khare Legal Chambers.
1. The present appeal has been filed against the order dated November 01, 2016. There is a delay of 1821 days in the filing of the appeal. The ground urged is, that the impugned order was never served upon the appellant and that he came to know about the impugned when his bank accounts were frozen in August 2021 on the basis of an attachment order dated July 30, 2021.
2. The respondent has filed a reply contending that the impugned order was sent at his last known address which came back undelivered. Thereafter, no steps were taken by them.
3. In the light of the aforesaid, we are satisfied that cause shown is sufficient, the delay has been explained and is condoned. We accordingly, allow the application.
4. We have heard the learned counsel for the parties, the contention of the appellant is twofold, one that he was not appointed as a director and in that regard, he has already filed a complaint before the appropriate authority which is pending. Further, even assuming without admitting that he was a director the Non-Convertible Redeemable Debentures (“NCDs” for convenience) were issued prior in point of time before he was appointed as a director and, therefore, the contention is, that he had no role to play in the issuance of the NCDs.
5. Let a reply be filed by the respondent within three weeks. Three weeks thereafter to the appellant to file rejoinder. The matter would be listed for admission and for final disposal on March 28, 2022.
6. Parties are directed to take instructions from the Registrar 48 hours before the date fixed in order to find out as to whether the matter would be taken up for hearing through video conference or through physical hearing.
7. The present matter was heard through video conference due to Covid-19 pandemic. At this stage it is not possible to sign a copy of this order nor a certified copy of this order could be issued by the Registry. In these circumstances, this order will be digitally sig
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ned by the Private Secretary on behalf of the bench and all concerned parties are directed to act on the digitally signed copy of this order. Parties will act on production of a digitally signed copy sent by fax and/or email.