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NCLAT annuls lenders' voting on NBCC's bid to acquire Jaypee Infratech

  • The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal asked lenders to conduct fresh voting from 31 May
  • IDBI Bank, the biggest lender to Jaypee Infratech, had opposed NBCC's bid saying it was conditional

New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Friday annulled voting by the committee of creditors on state-owned NBCC's bid to acquire Jaypee Infratech.

Hearing a plea by IDBI Bank, seeking a stay or annulment of the voting process, a three-member bench of the NCLAT headed by chairman justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya asked lenders to conduct fresh voting from 31 May.

IDBI Bank, the biggest lender to the debt-laden realty firm, had opposed NBCC's bid saying it was conditional. It said NBCC's offer for the company was conditional upon grant of approval to transfer Yamuna Expressway’s business to NBCC.

Homebuyers and lenders of Jaypee Infratech on Thursday started voting on NBCC's bid to acquire Jaypee group's realty firm and complete the construction of over 20,000 flats. The voting process was to end on Sunday and the outcome declared on 20 May.

The bench also allowed CoC to renegotiate with the sole bidder, NBCC India, on its offer.

Justice Mukhopadhaya said the CoC may approve the plan if it is in accordance with law, but in case of rejection they cannot pass it until the NCLAT approves the rejection of the bid. The NCLAT also allowed nine homebuyers' associations, representing around 5,000 buyers, to file intervention application.

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