SC quashes RBI insolvency circular, relief for power assets worth Rs 2-trn
More than 24 stressed power projects that could have faced insolvency proceedings will now find it hard to get buyers because they are "incomplete"
Last Updated at April 11, 2019 12:16 IST
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday provided a huge relief to thermal power projects worth Rs 2 trillion that were facing the threat of insolvency. The apex court held a 12 February 2018 circular of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which ordered banks to classify companies as 'stressed' if they default on loans even for a day, to be 'ultra vires'. The SC said that the circular that applied to numerous defaulting assets in power, sugar, shipping and companies in other sectors to be beyond the RBI's legal powers.
A detailed copy of the judgement is awaited.
The February 12 circular allowed 180 days for the debt resolution of companies with loan accounts over Rs 2,000 crore, failing which the asset would have to be taken to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for insolvency action. The 180-day deadline got over on 31 August 2018. However, most companies took the legal route to avoid being dragged to NCLT
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard
First Published: Tue, April 02 2019. 16:49 IST