DHFL headed for NCLT as banks seek RBI intervention

November 20, 2019 1:00 AM

Edelweiss AMC, Kotak Mahindra AMC, Axis Asset Management and Reliance AMC had moved the Bombay High Court seeking a direction to DHFL to disclose all its assets and liabilities and also to temporarily prevent it from making payments/disbursements to secured and unsecured creditors. In another case, 63 Moons had moved the Bombay HC seeking repayment of over Rs 200 crore by DHFL.

Bank, DHFL asset, DHFL , Dewan Housing Finance Corporation, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, IBC, DHFL news, DHFL  share, IRDA , nclt, RBI There are two separate cases in the Bombay High Court and an ongoing hearing at the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) in Pune against DHFL.

By Ankur Mishra  

Dewan Housing Finance Corp (DHFL) could soon be referred to the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), since banks are unlikely to come up with a solution for the troubled mortgage lender. The rules under Section 227 under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) relating to the insolvency and liquidation proceedings of financial service providers (FSPs) were notified on November 18. These rules require the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to initiate insolvency proceedings against financial services companies if they feel it is necessary.

“The banks approached RBI and asked the central bank to refer DHFL to NCLT after the framework for Section 227 of the IBC was announced last Friday,” a senior banker said. “Although it is up to the regulator to decide on referring cases to NCLT, banks have presented their case to RBI,” he added.

In light of the findings of forensic audit report, banks have turned more wary about going ahead with the proposed resolution plan. The draft forensic audit report from KPMG suggests that funds could have been diverted by DHFL, and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is carrying on a parallel investigation. A senior PSU banker told FE on the condition of anonymity that court-monitored resolution proceedings would be a better way of resolving DHFL, as there are multiple litigations involved now.

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There are two separate cases in the Bombay High Court and an ongoing hearing at the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) in Pune against DHFL. Edelweiss AMC, Kotak Mahindra AMC, Axis Asset Management and Reliance AMC had moved the Bombay High Court seeking a direction to DHFL to disclose all its assets and liabilities and also to temporarily prevent it from making payments/disbursements to secured and unsecured creditors. In another case, 63 Moons had moved the Bombay HC seeking repayment of over Rs 200 crore by DHFL.

The banks have started classifying DHFL as a non-performing asset (NPA). Union Bank of India and UCO Bank have already classified the loan as NPA in the September quarter this year, while other lenders are also likely to follow the suit. FE reported earlier that State Bank of India (SBI), Bank of Baroda (BoB) and Union Bank of India are understood to be among those contemplating the move to classify exposure to DHFL as a fraud account.

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