Parliament receives President’s assent for — Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Act, 2020

Parliament received President’s assent for — Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Act, 2020 on 13-03-2020.

An Act further to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.

This Act may be called the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Act, 2020.


2. In Section 5 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (hereafter referred to as the principal Act),—

(i) in clause (12), the proviso shall be omitted;

(ii) in clause (15), after the words “during the insolvency resolution process period” occurring at the end, the words “and such other debt as may be notified” shall be inserted.

3. In section 7 of the principal Act, in sub-section (1), before the Explanation, the following provisos shall be inserted, namely:—

“Provided that for the financial creditors, referred to in clauses (a) and (b) of sub-section (6A) of section 21, an application for initiating corporate insolvency resolution process against the corporate debtor shall be filed jointly by not less than one hundred of such creditors in the same class or not less than ten per cent. of the total number of such creditors in the same class, whichever is less:

Provided further that for financial creditors who are allottees under a real estate project, an application for initiating corporate insolvency resolution process against the corporate debtor shall be filed jointly by not less than one hundred of such allottees under the same real estate project or not less than ten per cent. of the total number of such allottees under the same real estate project, whichever is less:

Provided also that where an application for initiating the corporate insolvency resolution process against a corporate debtor has been filed by a financial creditor referred to in the first and second provisos and has not been admitted by the Adjudicating Authority before the commencement of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Act, 2020, such application shall be modified to comply with the requirements of the first or second proviso within thirty days of the commencement of the said Act, failing which the application shall be deemed to be withdrawn before its admission.”.

4. In section 11 of the principal Act, the Explanation shall be numbered as Explanation I and after Explanation I as so numbered, the following Explanation shall be inserted, namely:—

“Explanation II.—For the purposes of this section, it is hereby clarified that nothing in this section shall prevent a corporate debtor referred to in clauses (a) to (d) from initiating corporate insolvency resolution process against another corporate debtor.”

5. In section 14 of the principal Act,—

(a) in sub-section (1), the following Explanation shall be inserted, namely—

“Explanation.—For the purposes of this sub-section, it is hereby clarified that notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, a license, permit, registration, quota, concession, clearances or a similar grant or right given by the Central Government, State Government, local authority, sectoral regulator or any other authority constituted under any other law for the time being in force, shall not be suspended or terminated on the grounds of insolvency, subject to the condition that there is no default in payment of current dues arising for the use or continuation of the license, permit, registration, quota, concession, clearances or a similar grant or right during the moratorium period;”;

(b) after sub-section (2), the following sub-section shall be inserted, namely:—

(2A) Where the interim resolution professional or resolution professional, as the case may be, considers the supply of goods or services critical to protect and preserve the value of the corporate debtor and manage the operations of such corporate debtor as a going concern, then the supply of such goods or services shall not be terminated, suspended or interrupted during the period of moratorium, except where such corporate debtor has not paid dues arising from such supply during the moratorium period or in such circumstances as may be specified.”; (c) in sub-section (3), for clause (a), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:— “(a) such transactions, agreements or other arrangements as may be notified by the Central Government in consultation with any financial sector regulator or any other authority;”.

Read the full Act here: Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Act, 2020


Ministry of Law and Justice

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