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Supreme Court to Review Rs 33,000 Crore Income Tax Claim on Jaypee Infratech

Last updated: 22 April 2024


In a pivotal move, the Supreme Court has stepped in to assess the contentious ₹33,000 crore tax claim imposed on Jaypee Infratech Ltd (JIL), marking a crucial juncture in the ongoing legal saga that has left 22,000 homebuyers in limbo.

On April 15, 2024, the apex court announced its decision to scrutinize the assessment made by the Commissioner of Income-Tax, directing the Central Board of Direct Taxes to provide a detailed affidavit within a month. Presided over by Justice Sanjiv Khanna, the bench has summoned the Commissioner of Income Tax, Noida, to justify why the directives should not be overturned.

Supreme Court to Review Rs 33,000 Crore Income Tax Claim on Jaypee Infratech

The scrutiny follows a series of events that unfolded since JIL's acquisition by the Suraksha consortium, endorsed by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in March of the prior year. The acquisition, aimed at completing JIL's pending projects, received overwhelming support from the Committee of Creditors in June 2021. However, the Income Tax department's abstention from objections during the NCLT proceedings led to subsequent appeals at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), culminating in the endorsement of Suraksha's plan with the inclusion of the contentious tax liabilities.

The NCLAT's ruling, imposing the additional tax liability, has sparked outcry from legal experts and stakeholders, who argue that it jeopardizes the integrity of the insolvency resolution framework. The consortium's appeal to the Supreme Court underscores the gravity of the situation, emphasizing the need to uphold the decision-making power of the Committee of Creditors.

Amidst the legal wrangling, the plight of the 22,000 affected homebuyers remains a focal point, with legal representatives advocating for the urgent completion and delivery of their properties in Noida and Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

As the Supreme Court delves into the intricacies of the case, all eyes are on the outcome, which holds significant implications not only for JIL and the Suraksha consortium but also for the broader landscape of insolvency resolution in the country.

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