Six Indian banks sue GVK for Rs 12,114 crore: Report

Six Indian banks are reportedly suing the GVK Group for $1.5 billion or Rs 12,114 crore, according to the Times of India. The six banks include , , , , , and Axis Bank.

According to the report, GVK defaulted on a $1-billion loan and a $35-million letter of credit facility given by banks in 2011, and a $160-million loan lent in 2014.

GVK Coal Developers (Singapore) and nine other GVK Group companies are being sued in the case which opens Monday.

As per the banks, GVK failed to make repayments as they fell due and failed to obtain a mining lease in the Alpha project in Queensland, Australia by December 31, 2012, which was a project milestone that had to be satisfied. The banks reportedly asked GVK in November 2020 to cancel the agreement and requested repayment. But neither GVK nor its guarantors has paid any of the sums owed, the banks claimed.

On the other hand, GVK argued that “the loans was to provide part funding for the acquisition of the Hancock companies in Australia to develop their assets — including the Alpha project — into working coal mines”.

“The deterioration in the market for coal, the lack of third-party investment, legal challenges to the mining projects in the courts of Queensland, meant that very little progress was made to develop the mining assets,” GVK states. GVK states it could not obtain the mining lease owing to litigation by environmental groups but denies this was a “default”.

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