Mumbai: The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Tuesday asked the union of the bankrupt premium apparel brand Reid & Taylor to provide the Hong Kong-based investor’s financial details for 2017-18 on Thursday.
The NCLT-Mumbai bench headed by Bhaskara Pantula Mohan and V. Nallasenapathy directed the Employees Welfare Association of the company, which has just been registered, to produce the certified financial accounts of SP Growth Partners of Hong Kong for 2017-18 by Thursday when it will resume hearing on the matter.
SP Growth Partners was also a co-applicant with the RTIL Employees Welfare Association to take over the company, whose creditors had voted for liquidation as none of the eight parties who presented their expressions of interest showed any interest thereafter.
The bench also directed the resolution professional, who mentioned another two other unnamed investors from the US and Britain, to be in touch both these investors.
The bench had accepted a bid by the association to take over the firm on January 4.
Reid & Taylor India, owned by the Kasliwal family-run S Kumar Group, which is also facing bankruptcy proceedings, owes over ₹ 4,100 crore to banks and other lenders.
The committee of creditors, who include Finquest Financial Solution which is the largest with close to ₹ 800 crore of claims, Union Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, IL&FS Financial Services, IDBI Bank and L&T Finance etc, had on December 14, 2018 voted for liquidation.
That apart Edelweiss ARC, which has taken the company to NCLT in March 2018, Arcil and JM Financial ARC also have exposure in Reid & Taylor which sells premium suits, jackets, trousers, shirts, T-shirts, among others. Its brands used to be endorsed by actors like Pierce Brosnan and Amitabh Bachhan during its hey days.
Giving to a new twist to the resolution process earliest this month, the RP has moved the NCLT seeking criminal proceedings against the promoter Kasliwal accusing him of over ₹ 3,500 crore of financial fraud, while the employees union had moved the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board accusing the RP of pushing for liquidation. They have also accused the RP of fronting the promoter of the main creditor Finquest, Bharat Patel.
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