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‘Insolvency code not to address corporate fraud’

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India on Thursday said the new code is not meant to address any fraud on the part of company promoters but allows creditors and other stakeholders to go for health check of the corporate at the first available opportunity.

“The code is not going to address fraud and inter corporate management. This provides all the stakeholders to trigger the process at the first available opportunity,” Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India chairman MS Sahoo said here on Thursday when asked whether the code can check frauds by promoters.

Speaking on the sidelines of a CII organised seminar on the newly enacted code, Sahoo said any creditor or even employee can trigger the process if debt repayment default is Rs 1 lakh or above.

The board feels that regulations for the code has been in place from December and some more time was needed to get the feedback on its success.

The code aims at time-bound resolution for insolvency and exit as part of ease of doing business.

Sahoo said that the board is also working on a framework for direct liquidation bypassing insolvency resolution. “We will come out with framework for voluntary liquidation approach, that is direct liquidation by February-end or March.” 

A company has to apply to National Company Law Tribunal to begin the process on the code.

The board has selected 974 insolvency professionals on a a temporary basis for six months and began a certification test for inducting a regular professional.

Based on recommendation by the Parliamentary joint committee on Insolvency and Bankruptcy code, the board has decided not to recommend any insolvency professionals which will instead be decided by creditors’ committee initiating insolvency action. 

Seashore Group ponzi scam: CBI raids 36 places in Odisha

The CBI today carried out searches at 36 locations in Odisha in connection with the Seashore Group 
ponzi scam. CBI sources said some places belonging to “important persons” were among the locations searched. The agency has already filed charge sheet against CMD of the Seashore Group of companies Prashant Kumar Dash and others, the sources said.

They said searches are being conducted as part of the probe into a case registered against the Seashore Group as per warrants issued by a special court. 
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