2023 (1) TMI 997 - AT - Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Maintainability of application - Prohibitory period under Section 10A of the I&B Code - principal submission pressed by the Appellant is that as per Annexure 3 to the Debenture Subscription Agreement, clause 6, the date of default for repayment occurs on 31.08.2020, which was during the prohibitory period under Section 10A of the I&B Code - HELD THAT:- The submission of the learned counsel for the Appellant that as per Annexure-3 clause 6, the date of repayment of instalment is 31.08.2020 only is not acceptable. There being clear admission on behalf of the Appellant in default in payment of interest for the quarters ending September 2019 and December 2019, Appellant cannot be permitted to contend that default was committed only on 31.08.2020. Insofar as application being barred by 10A, benefit under Section 10A can be claimed by the application only when there is clear default during the prohibited period. The said benefit cannot be claimed by the Appellant by ignoring the admission of default which was prior to 25.03.2020. There being clear admission in the present case, in letter dated September 9, 2021 where the Corporate Debtor itself has admitted that he has failed to pay interest for the quarters ending September 2019 and December 2019 thus acknowledging that it has defaulted in servicing its obligations under the DSA.
The Adjudicating Authority has after considering all relevant facts and after finding debt and default has admitted the application. The fact that before this Tribunal, the Appellant has taken four adjournments for proposing OTS and get settle with the Bank itself indicate that debt and default is not disputed - Appeal dismissed.