HC Dismissal of Winding-up Plea Transfer to AA Quashed Due to Non-service of Sec. 8 Notice: NCLAT

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Case Details: Indra Marshal Power (P.) Ltd. v. Akshaya Irrigation Products (P.) Ltd. - [2023] 150 taxmann.com 353 (NCLAT-Chennai)

Judiciary and Counsel Details

    • M. Venugopal, Judicial Member & Kanthi Narahari, Technical Member
    • M.L. Lahoty, Adv. for the Appellant.

Facts of the Case

In the instant case, the operational creditor supplied goods to the corporate debtor, but despite several requests and demands, the corporate debtor failed to pay the due amount. As a result, the operational creditor sent a demand notice to the corporate debtor.

The operational creditor filed a petition seeking relief of winding up of the corporate debtor as it had failed to pay its liability. Later, the operational creditor filed an application before the High Court, seeking a transfer of the winding up petition to the Adjudicating Authority (NCLT) which was allowed and the Adjudicating Authority was directed to conduct further proceedings.

The NCLT transferred and renumbered the petition afresh and dismissed the same vide the impugned order on the ground of non-service of notice under section 8 by the operational creditor.

Thereafter, an appeal was made to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) against the order passed by the NCLT.

The operational Creditor vide instant appeal assailed the correctness of the impugned order and submitted that the proceedings so transferred were required to be dealt with an application for the CIRP with a mandate that the NCLT would proceed from the stage at which proceedings were transferred, without assuming any statutory compliance.

It was noted that in the instant case the ‘notice’ was not only served, but the winding up the petition came very near to the stage with the completion of pleadings by respective parties.


The NCLAT held that the Adjudicating Authority was required to follow the order of the High Court in its true letter and spirit. Since the Adjudicating Authority misdirected itself by making observations while passing the impugned order. Therefore, the same was to be set aside and Adjudicating Authority was to be directed to take the matter on its file and proceed further in accordance with the law.

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