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2021 (3) TMI 430 - HC - Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Handing over physical possession of the office premises - Recovery of municipal tax dues from assessee - scope of subject matter under IBC - Whether the writ jurisdiction of this court under Article 226 of the Constitution of India can be invoked in the matter, despite the availability of an alternative remedy? - HELD THAT:- The nature of challenge thrown in the writ petition is on the ground of absence of jurisdiction and not ‘wrongful exercise of the available jurisdiction’, thus bringing it within the fold of Article 226 of the Constitution. In such a scenario, the present writ petition is maintainable - although a wrongful exercise of available jurisdiction would not be sufficient to invoke the High Court’s jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution, the ground of absence of jurisdiction could trigger such invocation. Hence, in view of the nature of challenge involved in the present writ petition, the same is maintainable in law.
Whether the property-in-question, having been seized by the KMC in recovery of its statutory claims against the debtor, can be the subject-matter of a Corporate Resolution Process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016? - HELD THAT:- In the present case, the Corporation followed such procedure and took possession of the disputed property for non-payment of tax. Thus, there was no further scope for any “determination” of ownership of the property by the KMC. As such, there arose no question of the task of the interim resolution professional, in taking control and custody of the asset, being subject to the determination of ownership by any authority, as contemplated under Section 18(f)(vi) of the IBC. Rather, the claim of the KMC, in the absence of any successful challenge thereto, attained finality, fastening a liability upon the corporate debtor - the finalized claim of the KMC can very well be the subject-matter of a Corporate Resolution Process under the IBC.
Both the issue answered in the affirmative and against the writ petitioner.