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Venugopal Dhoot Moves Tribunal Against Anil Agarwal’s Takeover Of Videocon

Venugopal Dhoot has moved the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal against an order that approved mining tycoon Anil Agarwal’s bid for Videocon Industries Ltd.

Dhoot, former promoter of the Videocon Group, is seeking setting aside of the resolution plan approved by the National Company Law Tribunal in June, and directions to the committee of creditors to consider his resolution plan submitted under Section 12A of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code that proposes zero haircut.

The resolution process at Videocon Industries Ltd. hit unexpected turbulence after NCLAT stayed implementation of the Agarwal-owned Volcan Group’s resolution plan. Bankers are now keen on negotiating the repayment schedule proposed by the buyer.

Intervention by the appellate tribunal may spur the committee of creditors to revise their view on Volcan arm Twin Star Technologies Ltd.’s bid for Videocon.

In July, on the objections raised by Bank of Maharashtra and IFCI Ltd., the appellate tribunal stayed the June 8 order of the Mumbai bench of the NCLT approving the offer. Twin Star had agreed to pay Rs 2,900 crore against more than Rs 61,000 crore in dues owed to Videocon’s financial creditors—a recovery rate of less than 5%.

Dhoot has claimed in the petition that as per the December order of NCLT Mumbai, the foreign oil assets are purchased by Videocon Group through its subsidiaries.

He said the liquidation value of its foreign oil and gas assets isn’t less than Rs 15,000 crore and the resolution professional or committee of creditors has no authority to sell oil assets and consumer durables separately.

“If resolution professional had sold oil and consumer durables together, the resolution professional would have got minimum Rs 25,000 crore against loan of Rs 49,000 crore (Rs 29,000 crore of VIL consumer durables and Rs 20,000 crore of oil assets),” Dhoot said in a statement, adding the recovery would have been around 50%.

Dhoot had offered to repay bank loans worth Rs 30,000 crore and take back the company under the Section 12A proposal, but since the company went to NCLT, his proposal was rejected by the creditors’ committee.

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