DRT to resume hearing on banks' plea countering UBHL'S claims

The Debt Recovery Tribunal on Thursday will resume hearing on counter objections filed by SBI-led consortium of banks against Vijay Mallya-controlled UBHL's claim of Rs 594 crore from them for compensating the losses incurred by it due to the sale of USL equity shares by lenders at 'cheaper rate'.

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2016, 12:39 PM IST
DRT to resume hearing on banks' plea countering UBHL'S claims

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) on Thursday will resume hearing on counter objections filed by SBI-led consortium of banks against Vijay Mallya-controlled UBHL's claim of Rs 594 crore from them for compensating the losses incurred by it due to the sale of USL equity shares by lenders at 'cheaper rate'.

The UBHL, in its objections filed in the DRT on April 5, had contended that the lenders had sold 26 lakh equity shares of United Spirits Limited (USL) pledged to them before maturity.

The company, in its objections, also contended the lenders' action of selling the equity shares for Rs 1,836.94 per share, instead of a good price, when the shares hit a high of Rs 4,080 per share in April last year, caused loss to it.

Countering UBHL'S claims, the bankers had sought DRT direction to ask UBHL to substantiate their claim of Rs 594 crore loss with documents of proof and evidence.

The bankers had also alleged that the Rs 594-crore claim at this point of time is a clear-cut tactics of UBHL to delay the process of justice, knowing fully well that the case is on the verge of disposal.

The bankers had also filed two memos for extension of March 7 DRT order, barring Mallya from withdrawing $75 million exit payout by it under a Diageo Plc and USL sweetheart deal till the disposal of SBI's case against him over loan default.

They had also filed an application seeking attachment of the sale proceedings of Mallya's private aircraft parked at Mumbai airport by the Service Tax Department, which is going to auction it on May 12 and 13 to recover their dues estimated to be nearly Rs 535 crore.

Last month, the department had claimed in a petition to the Bombay High Court that Mallya's total disputed liability in respect of service tax was to the tune of Rs 535 crore.

It was also claimed that Mallya had collected a large sum of money as service tax from flyers of the now-grounded Kingfisher Airlines on behalf of the government, but the same was not deposited in the government treasury.

Mallya, whose now-defunct group company Kingfisher Airlines owes over Rs 9,000 crore to 17 banks, had left the country on March 2 and is believed to be in the UK.