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Prashant Ruia approaches NCLAT against ArcelorMittal takeover

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Essar Steel's former promoter along with two other directors of the erstwhile board of the Monday approached the (NCLAT) to thwart a last moment takeover of the debt-ridden firm by the global

Ruia has challenged the orders of the Ahmedabad bench of the (NCLT), which on Friday approved the Rs 42,000-crore takeover plan of by

The matter was mentioned before a two-member bench headed by Justice S J Mukhopadhaya on Monday evening, which asked it to be taken only after the NCLT passes its full written order.

Standard Chartered Bank, a dissenting among the (CoC) of Essar Steel, Monday also challenged the March 8 order of the bench of NCLT.

is opposing the resolution plan approved by the CoC of contending that it was favoured towards the secured creditors.

On Friday, the Ahemdabad bench of the NCLT had approved the lenders' plan to let global take over

Passing an order, the tribunal had suggested that the payment of Rs 42,000 crore by ArcelorMittal be distributed among financial and operational creditors in the ration of 85:15.

The detailed written order of the Ahmedabad NCLT is still awaited.

Essar promoters are pushing for a one-time settlement proposal of Rs 54,389 crore with the lenders and withdrawal of against the company.

"We are also confident of the legal validity of our said offer made under Section 12A, which provides for the withdrawal from the IBC process by making full payment to the creditors," the company had said earlier.

Essar Steel owns a 10-million-tonne at Hazira in

A two-member NCLT bench comprising H P Chaturvedi and Manorama Kumari passed order after NCLAT had on February 28 set a deadline to take a decision on ArcelorMittal's proposal by March 8 and failing to which it would call the records and may pass an order accordingly.

The resolution plan for Essar Steel has been tied up in legal wrangles for almost two years and has crossed the mandated 270 days period under IBC, as promoters challenged nearly every procedure engaging all available legal forums.

Essar Steel was among the first 12 cases selected by the of India to be resolved under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 20:56 IST