NCLAT refuses to direct SBI to release RCom funds to Ericsson

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The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on Friday refused to direct State Bank of India-led joint lenders’ forum to release Rs 260 crore of income-tax refunds of Reliance Communications to Ericsson India.

The tax refunds of Rs 260 crore for 2015-16, lying in the ‘Trust and Retention Account’ with SBI, the lead Bank of JLF, was required by RCom and its two group firms — Reliance Telecom and Reliance Infratel — to clear off their balance Rs 453-crore dues payable to Ericsson India by March 19, failing which promoter Anil Ambani will face jail term of three months.