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2023 (5) TMI 980 - AT - Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Initiation of CIRP - NCLT admitted the application filed u/s 7 - status / locus of Debenture Trustee - Corporate Debtor failed to make repayment of its dues - assignment of debt to assignment holder - admission of debt and default - HELD THAT:- The present is a case where in the reply filed before the Adjudicating Authority, the Corporate Debtor did not dispute the debt and default. In the reply filed by the Corporate Debtor, it was mentioned that due to COVID-19 there was standstill in the business activities of the Corporate Debtor. The debt and default was an admitted position in the reply filed by the Corporate Debtor. The submission which is much pressed by learned counsel for the Appellant is that the Respondent No.1 had no locus to issue Acceleration Notice dated 26.07.2022. It is submitted that it was only Debenture Trustee who could have taken action in event of default, as per the Debenture Trustee Document. In the facts of the present case, there is no dispute that event of default took place.
After looking into the different clauses of the Debenture Trust Document and Inter-Creditor Agreement, it is clear that the Financial Creditor was fully entitled to issue Acceleration Notice issued on 26.07.2022. The Debenture Trustee having already issued Notice of Demand on 13.07.2022, the argument of the Appellant that action has to be taken by Debenture Trustee loses its significance - there are substance in submission of learned counsel for the Appellant that the Financial Creditor was not entitled to issue Acceleration Notice dated 26.07.2022. We do not find any infirmity in the initiating proceeding against the Corporate Debtor under Section 7, there being debt and default undisputed and clearly proved by the fact as noted above. The Financial Creditor stepped in the shoes of the Debenture Holder on the basis of Assignment Deed dated 04.03.2021.
There are no substance in grounds raised by the Appellant to interfere with the impugned order - appeal dismissed.