17 June 2024


Judgments

NATIONAL COMPANY LAW APPELLATE TRIBUNAL

Regional Provident Commissioner Employees Provident Fund Organisation Vs. Vandana Garg

MANU/NL/0178/2021

12.05.2021

Insolvency

Once a resolution plan is duly approved by Adjudicating Authority under Section 31 of IBC, the claims shall stand frozen and will be binding on Corporate Debtor and its employees

Present Appeal emanates from the Order, passed by the National Company Law Tribunal, whereby the Adjudicating Authority/NCLT approved the Resolution Plan, which waves off a major portion of the Provident Fund dues owed by the Corporate Debtor.

In the instant case, the Appellant, despite filing a claim of Rs. 1,95,01,301 has raised a claim of Rs. 2,84,69,797 i.e. much higher than the amount claimed by the Appellant in its claim before the Resolution Professional (RP). The Appellant's claim admitted by Respondent No. 1/RP had been considered while formulating the Resolution Plan of the Corporate Debtor. The said Resolution Plan was further approved by the Adjudicating Authority/NCLT vide its Order in conformity with Section 30 (2) of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) and the Rules and Regulations framed thereunder. The Appellant has not provided any reason or justification for raising the enhanced claim of Rs. 2,84,69,797 which is much higher than the amount claimed.

After approval of the Resolution Plan under Section 31 of IBC, the claims as provided in the Resolution Plan shall stand frozen and will be binding on the Corporate Debtor and its employees, members, creditors including the Central Government, any State Government or any Local Authority, Guarantors and other Stakeholders. On the approval of the Resolution Plan by the Adjudicating Authority, all such claims that are not a part of the Resolution Plan shall stand extinguished. No person will be entitled to initiate continuing any proceedings regarding a claim that is not part of the Resolution Plan.

The Appellants claim about Provident Fund dues amounting to Rs. 1,95,01,301, which was earlier raised at the time of initiation of CIRP and was later admitted, stood frozen and will be binding on all the Stakeholders, including the Central Government. After approval of the Resolution Plan by the Adjudicating Authority, all such claims that are not part of the Resolution Plan shall stand extinguished. No person is entitled to initiate or continue any proceeding regarding a claim that is not part of the Resolution Plan. Appeal dismissed.

Tags : Resolution Plan Approval Legality

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