New Delhi: JSW Steel on Monday told the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) that the company is not backing out from the ongoing resolution process of Bhushan Power & Steel despite reports of alleged fraud by its former promoters.During the proceedings in National Company Law Tribunal, counsel appearing for JSW Steel informed the tribunal that it was anxious about the alleged fraud reports and needs to know what is going inside Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd (BPSL). A two member National Company Law Tribunal bench headed by the President Justice M M Kumar asked the Resolution Professional (RP) of BPSL to hand over a copy of the forensic report to JSW Steel. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepNational Company Law Tribunal said that alleged fraud reports will not have any impact on the insolvency resolution process and JSW’s resolution plan for BPSL. National Company Law Tribunal has to take a decision over the lenders’ approval of the resolution plan of JSW Steel for BPSL. Earlier on February 4, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) had dismissed the plea of Tata Steel and upheld the Committee of Creditors (CoC) decision to approve JSW Steel’s bid. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe National Company Law Appellate Tribunal had said the Committee of Creditors decision was well within its rights to negotiate better terms with resolution applicants and has had asked National Company Law Tribunal to decide over JSW Steel’s bid by March 31, 2019. However, the judgement is still pending before the Principal bench of National Company Law Tribunal. JSW Steel had revised its offer from Rs 11,000 crore to Rs 18,000 crore and later to over Rs 19,000 crore, whereas Tata Steel’s last offer was at Rs 17,000 crore after it had refused to revise its bid. Last week, state-owned lender Allahabad Bank had reported fraud of over Rs 1,774 crore by BPSL to the Reserve Bank of India. Earlier, PNB reported a fraud worth Rs 3,805.15 crore by BPSL by misappropriating bank funds and manipulating its books of accounts. Around 85 per cent of PNB’s Rs 4,399 crore exposure to the company had been siphoned off. Investigate agency CBI has already registered complaint in April names several other lenders. According to the CBI, BPSL diverted around Rs 2,348 crore through its directors and staff from the loan accounts of PNB, Oriental Bank of Commerce, IDBI Bank and UCO Bank into the accounts of more than 200 shell companies without any obvious purpose. Last week, with several cities facing water crisis, companies such as JSW and Tata Steel said they are focusing on sustainability of water, a critical resource for steel majors apart from iron-ore and coal. “Our water sustainability strategy for future- readiness is to continue investing in sewage treatment plant (STP), and creating new rain water harvesting (RWH) structures at various locations to improve the groundwater table,” Tata Steel said in its latest annual report. A 25 millions of litres per day (MLD) tertiary treatment plant was commissioned at its Bara STP to convert sewage water of the Jamshedpur township into process water for reuse in steel manufacturing.
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