Binani Cement CoC can consider revised Ultratech offer but no final order: SC

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New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday said that Binani Cement’s Committee of Creditors (CoC) is not debarred from considering the revised Ultratceh bid to acquire the beleaguered company but restrained it from taking a final decision.

Refusing to debar the CoC from carrying on with further proceedings, which would be subject to the orders of the court, a vacation bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Ashok Bhushan, however, said that “no final order may be passed”.

“In the meantime, no final order may be passed. This order will not debar further proceedings subject to orders of this Court,” said the order passed by the bench on Monday.

The court also issued notice to Ultratech Cement and others on the plea by the Dalmia Bharat Group’s Rajputana Properties Private Ltd (RPPL) challenging the Kolkata NCLT order asking the CoC to consider revised bid by Ultratech Cement.

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The Kolkata Bench of NCLT had in early May asked the CoC to consider revised bid by Ultratech Cement.

Ultratech’s revised bid is more than Rs 1,000 crore higher than the one offered by the RPPL.

The court directed the next hearing of the matter on July 2.

The RPPL, which had in the first round offered highest bid to acquire Binani Cement urged the court to bar the CoC from considering the revised bid by Ultratech Cement and taking a decision.

This was opposed by the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, appearing for the lender banks, and Senior Counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi who appeared for Ultratech Cement.

ASG Singh told the court that the lender banks cannot be oblivious to Rs 1,019 crore more coming from the revised bid. He said let the RPPL make a matching bid.

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Senior Counsel Singhvi told the court that Ultratech was making 100 per cent payments whereas RPPL offer was accompanied with a 100 per cent “hair-cut” of income tax and 100 per cent “hair-cut” of other payments.

The RPPL has moved the top court challenging the direction to CoC to consider the revised bid of the Ultratech Cement after its bid was less than that of the RPPL.

–IANS

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