RBI initiates insolvency proceedings against Reliance Capital at NCLT

RBI had on Nov 29 superseded the board of Reliance Capital Ltd in view of payment defaults and serious governance issues.

The RBI on Thursday filed an application for initiation of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) against debt-ridden Reliance Capital at the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal. The Reserve Bank had on November 29 superseded the board of Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Capital Ltd (RCL) in view of payment defaults and serious governance issues. The central bank had also appointed Nageswar Rao Y (former executive director, Bank of Maharashtra) as the administrator of the company.

In a statement on Thursday, the Reserve Bank said it has filed an application for initiation of CIRP against Reliance Capital Ltd under various sections of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) before the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). As the RBI has moved NCLT, an interim moratorium would be applicable on Reliance Capital.

The interim moratorium would also be on transferring, encumbering, alienating or disposing of by the corporate debtor any of its assets or any legal right or beneficial interest therein. As per the Financial Service Providers Insolvency Rules, an interim moratorium commences on and from the date of filing of the application till its admission or rejection.

This is the third large NBFC against which the central bank has initiated bankruptcy proceedings under the IBC recently. The other two were Srei Group NBFCs and Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL). In September, Reliance Capital in its annual general meeting (AGM) had informed shareholders that the company’s consolidated debt was Rs 40,000 crore.

The company reported a consolidated loss of Rs 1,156 crore for the second quarter this fiscal against Rs 6,001 crore income. During 2020-21, the company has posted a loss of Rs 9,287 crore on a total income of Rs 19,308 crore.

In a separate filing to stock exchanges, Reliance Capital said the Reserve Bank on Thursday filed applications for initiation of corporate insolvency resolution process against the company under IBC. It said an interim moratorium has commenced on and from the date of filing of the application till its admission or rejection.

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