NCLT dismiss plea for withdrawal of CIRP on ground of settlement as corporate debtor was involved in tax evasion
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Case details: Huhtamaki PPL Ltd. v. Manpasand Beverages Ltd. -  130 taxmann.com 77 (NCLT - Ahd.)
Judiciary and Counsel Details
- Madan B Gosavi, Judicial Member and Virendra Kumar Gupta, Technical Member.
- Salil Thakore, Abhimany Bhandari, Swaroop George, M.K. Shah, Rashesh Sanjanwala, Ms. Ambrita, Tirth Nayak and Ruchir Patel for the Appearing Parties.
Facts of the Case
The operational creditor in this case filed an application under section 9 to initiate the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) against the corporate debtor. The Adjudicating Authority granted the request and admitted an Interim Resolution Process (IRP).
However, before to the formation of the Committee of Creditors (CoC), the applicants/creditors filed an immediate motion to have the corporate insolvency resolution process of the corporate debtor halted on the grounds that the corporate debtor had paid the creditors’ dues.
The NCLT of Ahmedabad Bench found that serious issues in respect of poor conduct of management are involved including the tax evasion by way of claiming wrong input tax credit thereby becoming a part of that community which has failed the intend and object of inculcating a culture of fair business practices to be adopted as a matter of policy by the business community on one hand and the other hand, it is forcing the Government to keep tax rates high. Thus, thereby hampering the economic growth of the country.
Furthermore, the IRP had brought up concerns of corporate governance, such as three audit firms resigning from their positions as internal auditors or statutory auditors in a space of 11 months. Additionally, monies were moved from the corporate debtor’s bank account to the director’s account, and payment was made to the pertinent creditor from that account.
As a result, adverse orders were issued against the director for the withdrawal of excessive pay, and stock exchanges halted trade in the corporate debtor’s shares, putting a significant number of shareholders in the dark. As a result of the foregoing, severe concerns of improper management behavior were present in the instant case.
List of Cases Referred to
- K.C. Sanjeev v. Easwara Pillai [Company Appeal (AT) (Insolvency) No. 1427 of 2019] (para 3)
- Swiss Ribbons (P.) Ltd. v. Union of India  101 taxamnn.com 389/152 SCL 365 (SC) (para 5)
- Brilliant Alloys (P.) Ltd. v. S. Rajagopal 2018 SCC Online SC 3154 (para 5)
- Devi Trading & Holding (P.) Ltd. v. Avani Projects & Infrastructure [CP (IB) No. 378/KB/2018] (para 5)
- DMB Geotechnics & Constructions (P.) Ltd., In re [CP (IB) No. 1798 (Mum) of 2018] (para 5)
- Jai Kishan Gupta v. Green Edge Buildtech LLP  114 taxamnn.com 109/158 SCL 116 (NCL – AT) (para 5)
- Sintex Plastics Technology Ltd. v. Zielen Industries (P.) Ltd. [Company Appeal (AT) (Insolvency) No. 1135 of 2020] (para 5)
- Phoenix Arc (P.) Ltd. v. Spade Financial Services Ltd.  124 taxamnn.com 24/165 SCL 21 (SC) (para 7)
- Madras Petrochem Ltd. v. Board for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction  66 taxamnn.com 17/134 SCL 193 (SC) (para 16)
- Arcelormittal India (P.) Ltd. v. Satish Kumar Gupta  98 taxmann.com 99/150 SCL 354 (SC) (para 16)
- Uttara Foods and Feeds (P.) Ltd. v. Mona Pharmachem  92 taxmann.com 185 (SC) (para 22)
- Neelkanth Township & Construction v. Urban Infrastructure Prestige Ltd.  85 taxmann.com 120/143 SCL 538 (NCL – AT) (para 27)
- Official Liquidator v. Dharti Dhan (P.) Ltd. AIR 1977 SC 740 (para 30).
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