NCLT approves withdrawal of RCom, Aircel merger deal
New Delhi: The National Company Law Tribunal has approved the withdrawal of merger deal between Reliance Communications and Aircel, as per a regulatory filing.
“The National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai Bench (NCLT) has passed orders dated 13 October 2017 approving withdrawal of ... the Scheme of Arrangement between the Company, Reliance Telecom Limited (RTL), Aircel Limited, Dishnet Wireless Limited, Deccan Digital Networks Private Limited, South Asia Communications Private Limited and their respective shareholders and creditors for demerger of wireless business of the Company and RTL to Aircel...,” RCom said in a BSE filing on Saturday.
The order also approved withdrawal of demerger of tower business of Reliance Infratel to Towercom Infrastructure, the filing said.
RCom, which is reeling under a debt of about Rs46,000 crore, had called off merger talks with Aircel, citing “legal and regulatory” delays and “various interventions by vested interests”.
RCom also blamed high level of competition as one of the reasons for termination of the merger talks. The company said that unlimited free voice offers and “irrational pricing” by all industry participants have destroyed profitability of traditional 2G and 3G mobile business. It was claimed that with the deal the debt of RCom will come down to around Rs20,000 crore, while that of Aircel to around Rs4,000 crore.
Reliance Group companies have sued HT Media Ltd, Mint’s publisher, and nine others in the Bombay high court over a 2 October 2014 front-page story that they have disputed. HT Media is contesting the case.
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