NCLT grants 60-Day extension to Go First's insolvency
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NCLT grants 60-Day extension to Go First's insolvency

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) granted a 60-day extension to the insolvency proceedings of the grounded airline Go First. The resolution professional (RP) informed the tribunal about three interested parties in acquiring the airline, despite objections from some lessors.

Advocate Diwakar Maheshwari, representing the RP, highlighted that all three potential buyers had submitted expressions of interest (EoIs) along with earnest money deposits. The committee of creditors (CoC), comprising lenders overseeing the insolvency process, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the extension.

The CoC, responsible for decision-making in the insolvency of Go First, is set to receive resolution plans from the three interested parties by February 15. Spicejet, Sky One Company based in Sharjah, and Safrik Investments focused on Africa have previously expressed interest in acquiring Go First.

This marks the airline's second extension, following the initial 90-day extension granted by the NCLT on November 23, 2023. The previous extension period, from November 6, 2023, to February 4, 2024, has prompted Go First to seek an additional extension until April 4, 2024.

Under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), the prescribed timeline for completing insolvency proceedings is 180 days, extendable by an additional 90 days. The mandatory completion deadline, inclusive of any extensions and legal proceedings, is 330 days. Upon exceeding this timeframe, liquidation proceedings commence.

The consortium of lenders for Go First includes Bank of Baroda, Central Bank of India, and IDBI Bank. The airline voluntarily filed for insolvency on May 2, and its plea was admitted by the NCLT on May 10 under Section 10 of the IBC.

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) granted a 60-day extension to the insolvency proceedings of the grounded airline Go First. The resolution professional (RP) informed the tribunal about three interested parties in acquiring the airline, despite objections from some lessors. Advocate Diwakar Maheshwari, representing the RP, highlighted that all three potential buyers had submitted expressions of interest (EoIs) along with earnest money deposits. The committee of creditors (CoC), comprising lenders overseeing the insolvency process, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the extension. The CoC, responsible for decision-making in the insolvency of Go First, is set to receive resolution plans from the three interested parties by February 15. Spicejet, Sky One Company based in Sharjah, and Safrik Investments focused on Africa have previously expressed interest in acquiring Go First. This marks the airline's second extension, following the initial 90-day extension granted by the NCLT on November 23, 2023. The previous extension period, from November 6, 2023, to February 4, 2024, has prompted Go First to seek an additional extension until April 4, 2024. Under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), the prescribed timeline for completing insolvency proceedings is 180 days, extendable by an additional 90 days. The mandatory completion deadline, inclusive of any extensions and legal proceedings, is 330 days. Upon exceeding this timeframe, liquidation proceedings commence. The consortium of lenders for Go First includes Bank of Baroda, Central Bank of India, and IDBI Bank. The airline voluntarily filed for insolvency on May 2, and its plea was admitted by the NCLT on May 10 under Section 10 of the IBC.

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