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SC relief for 30,000 Jaypee buyers

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the insolvency proceedings against real estate firm Jaypee Infratech at National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Allahabad at the instance of its financier IDBI.

It also issued a notice to embattled firm and others on a plea filed by homebuyers who have not yet received possession of their dream flats booked with the company.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also.
The bench sought the response of the real estate company, the RBI and others on a PIL filed by Chitra Sharma and other home buyers alleging that they have not received the flats and the insolvency proceedings initiated against the company will render them without any remedy.
The plea said the homebuyers, being unsecured creditors, will get nothing out of the insolvency proceedings as the dues of financial institutions, which are secured creditors, would be cleared first.
The bench posted a batch of matters for further proceedings on October 10.
The plea was moved in the apex court seeking protection of the interests of over 30,000 buyers who invested hard- earned money to book their dream homes in 27 different projects of debt-ridden realty firm Jaypee Infratech.
Flat buyers, under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of 2016, do not fall under the category of secured creditors like banks and hence they may get back their money only if something is left after repaying secured and operational creditors.
The plea has sought a direction to the Centre and others that the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code "shall not curtail the legal statutory and vested rights of the flat owners/buyers as consumers" defined under the Consumer Protection Act.
The PIL said that in the alternative, a direction may be issued to the government that flat owners/buyers be declared as secured creditor like banks and FIs.

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