Recovery Proceeding can be started against Debtor/ Corporate Debtor in the event of default by the debtor. Debtor can be Company Only. To initiate this procedure one can approach the National Company Law Tribunal which exercises the power to dispose cases under Insolvency Code.
In this article we will discuss about the relevance of Insolvency code for recovery of dues and how it is helpful in recovery.
Default means non-payment of debt when whole or any part of installment of the amount of debt has become due and payable and is not repaid by the debtor or the corporate debtor, as the case may be.
The following person could initiate the Recovery Process; on the admission of a default by the Corporate Person:
- A Financial Creditor (means any person to whom a financial debt (Loan) is owed)
- An Operational Creditor (means a person to whom an operational debt is owed)
“Operational Debt” means a claim in respect of the provision of
- Goods or
- Employment or
- A debt in respect of the repayment of dues arising under any law for the time being in force and payable to the Central Government, any State Government or any local authority;
Initiation of Process in earlier law v/s IBC Code:
Unlike earlier law, where the primary onus to initiate a resolution process lies with the debtor, and creditor may pursue separate actions for recovery, security enforcement and debt restructuring, here the Code makes a significant departure from the existing resolution regimen by shifting the responsibility on the creditor to initiate the insolvency resolution process against the corporate debtor.
How this code is helpful for Recovery of Debt by following Creditors:
Supplier of Goods/ Services:
Under the Act, any person has supplied Goods or rendered services to any Corporate Debtor; and such corporate debtor make default as non-payment of debt or any part of debt, non-payment of installments due, then creditor can initiate the action against the corporate debtor by filing of petition in NCLT.
Time Period of Recovery:
Creditor will issue demand notice to the debtor, if creditor doesn’t receive payment due within 10 days, then it can file application in NCLT for initiating the recovery (Corporate insolvency resolution) process. The NCLT within 14 days of application either accept the application or reject the application.
Therefore, under this new code, within 24 days from the date of issue of demand notice, petition filled by creditor either accept or reject by NCLT. The unified regime envisages a structured and time-bound process for insolvency.
Under this code there is no need to go to the high court for recovery of the debt by the creditors, due to time bound provision. Or we can say that this is the fastest mode of recovery of debt.
As per the provisions mentioned above regarding supply of goods / services, creditor have power to initiate process in NCLT for recovery of debt with time bound manner and cost effective.
Earlier small business avoids initiating process against the corporate debtor due to following reasons:
- Earlier its took long time to admission the cases by the adjudicating authorities due to lack of time bound guidelines.
- Earlier, filling a matter courts which was costly affair.
- Earlier the primary onus to initiate a resolution process lies with the debtor
On to above mentioned grounds like Time; Cost etc., small business owners avoid filing application in courts against the creditors to recover the pending payments.
Under this code within 24 days of issue of demand notice creditor will come to know that whether his petition admitted or not. It is less costly then the application in the court as the fees for admission of application by the operational creditor is Rs. 2,000/-.
As a result, one can opine that this act bestow a great opportunity on the small business owners to file applications for recovery of their debts.
Employee and workmen dues:
Under the Code, employees and workmen are also considered as part of operational creditor. If a Company fails to make salaries payment of employees or workmen and the value of payment is more than Rs. 1 lac then employees can file the application against the Company with NCLT for initiation of process of Recovery.
Process, time, cost of the application by the employees and workmen are same as filing of application by creditor of supply of goods / services.
As a result, this act gives a great opportunity to employees/ workmen of the Companies to file applications for recovery of their dues.
Debtor of Loan:
Under the Code, if any person has rendered money (Loan) to any Corporate Debtor; and such corporate debtor makes default as non-payment of debt, interest or any part of debt, non-payment of installments due then lender can initiate the action against the corporate debtor by filing of petition in NCLT.
Time Period of Recovery:
Financial Creditor can file application in NCLT for initiating the recovery (Corporate insolvency resolution) process. The NCLT, within 14 days of application either accept the application or reject the application.
Therefore, under this new code within 14 days from the date of filing of petition the NCLT either accept or reject the application. However, this code gives a chance to the financial creditor to recover his debt.
Hence, considering the intention of the Law, one can opine that Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 is Game Changer for the corporate debtors. Powers are vested with the creditors also along with corporate debtors to initiate insolvency process against the corporate debtor. The Code promises to bring about far-reaching reforms with a thrust on creditor driven insolvency resolution. The aim of the code is early identification of financial failure and maximizing the asset value of insolvent firms.
The unified regime envisages a structured and time-bound process for insolvency resolution and liquidation, which should significantly improve debt recovery rates and revitalize the ailing Indian corporate bond markets.
There is no doubt that once the Code is fully implemented, it is going to be one of the best initiatives by the legislatures and a boon to the economy in the broader sense.
Disclaimer – the above summary is based on the personal interpretation of the revised regulations, which may differ person to person. Hence, the readers are expected to take expert opinion before placing reliance on this article.