Outstretching section 29A to realisations by secured creditors: Will it work?

-Sikha Bansal (

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

                                                                                                                                                                    Mahatma Gandhi

If one collates all the discussion going on around section 29A of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (‘Code’), the concept has been outstretched so far that the idea of Mahatma, at least when applied to entrepreneurial traits, seems to be a distant dream.

In a recent ruling, State Bank of India v. Anuj Bajpai (Liquidator)[1], Hon’ble National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (‘NCLAT’) held that a secured creditor realising assets outside of liquidation under the Code cannot sell the assets to persons ineligible under section 29A. Read more