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Published on 5/07/2020 4:32:46 PM | Source: IANS

DHFL defaults on Rs 50-cr NCD repayment, blames `moratorium restrictions`

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Bankrupt non-banking financial company (NBFC) DHFL has defaulted on the repayment of Rs 50 crore on secured non-convertible debentures (NCD) and has attributed its failure to repay the principal payment to the moratorium restrictions on it.

"It may please be noted that the company is currently under moratorium pursuant to Section 14 of the Code since November 29, 2019 and hence, the company is not in a position to make payment of interest or principal to any of the company lenders, including NCDs holders," DHFL said in a regulatory filing.

The payments to the lenders or NCD holders remains in abeyance and will be subject to the outcome of the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) initiated against the company as per the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.

Last November, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) superseded the Board of Directors of the company and appointed an administrator and accordingly, the board powers were vested in the firm's administrator.

Further, the Mumbai-bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) at Mumbai commenced the CIRP against the company in December, following an application by the RBI.

The company reportedly has debt of around Rs 97,000 crore and has allegedly siphoned off Rs 31,000 crore from the total bank loans.

Company promoters Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in April and are currently facing probe.