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ArcelorMittal tells NCLAT it will pay Rs 42k cr for Essar Steel takeover

The debt-ridden Essar Steel has alleged foul play, saying that vital facts have been suppressed by ArcelorMittal which would have rendered them ineligible for the buyout

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

NCLT okays ArcelorMittal's Rs 42,000-crore offer to take over Essar Steel
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Global steel major on Monday told the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) that it would pay Rs 42,000 crore, including a minimum of guarantee of Rs 2,500 crore as working capital, for acquiring debt-laden Essar Steel under the process.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for also accused Ruias, former Essar Steel promoters, of creating hurdles in the resolution process of the bankrupt steel maker.

According to him, issues related to alleged NPAs of the of Lakshmi Mittal's brother have been already dealt with and rejected by the Supreme Court.

Salve further submitted that NCLT and lenders would decide over the distribution of funds among the creditors of Essar Steel.

He also added that the distribution should be "equitable" between financial creditors and operational creditors.

The NCLAT would continue to hear the Essar Steel case on May 21.

Earlier, Essar Steel Asia Holdings Ltd (ESAHL), a shareholder of Essar Steel Ltd, has alleged that chairman and chief executive officer, L.N. Mittal, has suppressed vital facts that would otherwise render him ineligible to offer a buyout plan for the distressed steel mill under Section 29A of the and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

It had also sought disqualification of ArcelorMittal's bid for the debt-laden company.

First Published: Mon, May 20 2019. 16:41 IST
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