The Ministry of Law and Justice, on 5th June, 2020 notified the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 as promulgated by the President.
By virtue of the IBC (Amendment) Ordinance, Section 10A has been inserted in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 with the object to suspend the operation of Section 7, 9 and 10 of the Code so as to prevent corporate persons which are experiencing distress on account of unprecedented situation, being pushed into insolvency proceedings under the said code for some time.
Adv. Puneet Agrawal, Partner, Shuchi Agrawal, Senior Manager, Gaurav Gupta, Associate, ALA Legal, Advocates and Solicitors in an Article published on LawStreetIndia discuss the provision and the implications of the suspension of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process on IBC Ecosystem.
In the Article, an attempt has been made to do a threadbare analysis using Illustrations. Notably, the Authors also discuss the scenario where a Corporate Debtor has availed the option of 6 month moratorium declared by RBI.
As a result of the newly inserted Section 10A, any application for initiating CIRP can never be filed under Section 7, 9 or 10 of the code for defaults arising on 25th March 2020 upto next 6 months.
Where the due date of any debt falls within 25th March 2020 till next 6 months but the debtor and creditor after discussion has extended the due date to let suppose 25 December 2020 and even on such extended date the debtor fails to pay the debt due then the creditor can file the application for initiation of CIRP if and the bar contain in Section 10A would not apply. (Assuming that the period of 6 months as contained in Section 10A has not been extended, if such period is extended then the situation would be different)
The Creditor will however, have the remedy of taking appropriate action for reliefs provided under the Contract or taking recourse to other laws as may be applicable.
The Article can also be accessed in the following link: http://www.lawstreetindia.com/experts/column?sid=436
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