Number of the week: 830 days

Business Standard
5th December

830 days: The time it took for the Essar Steel case to be disposed of. A large number of cases –535 at the end of September – are stuck in the insolvency courts beyond the stipulated time frame of 270 days.

  • The recent Supreme Court judgement in the Essar Steel case established the primacy of financial creditors over operational creditors in the resolution process.
  • While this judgement brings some cheer to banks, they cannot afford to turn complacent as insolvency courts have failed so far to resolve cases in a speedy manner.
  • The Supreme Court bench has also clarified that while 330 days is the outer deadline within which a corporate resolution plan must be given shape, exceptions can be made on rare occasions in which a case is on the verge of being finalised.
  • After the Supreme Court judgement, however, it is expected that cases before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and appeals before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), which are stuck over similar questions of law, will now get disposed quickly.

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