Provident and pension funds of thousands of middle-class salaried people face the spectre of losing thousands of crores of their nest egg as analysts estimate these funds’ investments in Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services and group companies to be between Rs. 15,000 to Rs 20,000 crore, said three people familiar with the matter.
The Union government is set to invite tenders for a third time for its ambitious Zojila tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir as crisis-hit Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) has surrendered the Rs 6,809-crore contract it bagged in 2017.
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services, which is selling assets to repay debt of about Rs 91,000 crore ($13 billion), won’t provide indemnity and warranties to potential buyers, a move that will drive down valuations steeply, said three people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) on Wednesday said it has received enquiries from over 30 bidders for the asset monetisation process for the domestic roads vertical — worth over Rs 25,000 crore — housed under its subsidiary IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd.
Tata Power, Torrent, JSW Energy, Greenko, Sterlite Power and Statcraft are among the 15-plus applicants who have submitted their expressions of interest (EoIs) for IL&FS group’s renewable energy assets worth Rs 8,000 crore — the second largest vertical after roads.
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (“IL&FS”) has received a strong response to the asset monetization process for the Domestic Roads Vertical housed under its subsidiary, IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. More than 30 expressions of interest were received for acquiring IL&FS’ interests in its domestic road vertical including its domestic EPC and O&M businesses.
The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Tuesday allowed the corporate affairs ministry to reopen the books of the IL&FS Group and its subsidiaries for the past five years under Section 130 of the Companies Act, to ascertain financial mismanagement.
IL&FS group has further put up its properties for sale to garner funds in order to settle loan dues. It has invited bids from interested buyers for properties in Mumbai and one Kolkata.
The company said it is selling five real estate assets in Mumbai and one in Kolkata with 15 January as the final date for potential buyers to submit their bids, IL&FS said in a newspaper advertisement on Friday.
The CA Institute will independently continue with its disciplinary proceedings against the signing audit partners of IL&FS Ltd and two of its subsidiaries irrespective of the fate of the Centre’s plea before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).