Corporate affairs ministry moves SC with plan to manage Unitech
The corporate affairs ministry on Wednesday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court proposing to take over the management of Unitech Group.
The move follows a Supreme Court directive on December 18 asking the government to take over the management to provide relief to the over 13,000 homebuyers who have not received possession of flats in it’s various projects/Homebuyers had earlier filed a motion before the SC seeking removal of the promotor directors from the board of the company.
“The government has placed a proposal to take over management of the Unitech Group,” said a senior government official adding that the government has also stated in the proposal that it will not infuse any equity into the Unitech Group’s projects. The official added that the names proposed to take over the management of Unitech included “senior talent with backgrounds in real estate and financial management.” The board of directors proposed by the government will have a maximum of nine members said the official.
The official added that the a successful takeover and completion of Unitech Group’s projects would require cooperation from other competent authorities including the Noida Authority which had stated it would cancel land allotments for some of the company’s projects because the company had failed to pay Rs 2,734 crore in dues to the authority. The official said the new management would work keeping public interest and the interest of the allottees in mind. The official added that the new management would also require immunity from liability for actions of the erstwhile management. The Supreme Court had last month ordered an investigation against Unitech group over money laundering and diversion of funds meant for housing projects.