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Kingfisher secures stay against UBI’s wilful defaulter tag

KFA and its erstwhile directors had filed a writ in Calcutta HC against UBI and others, challenging the constitutional validity of the RBI master circular on wilful defaulters as well as the ex-parte decision of UBI’s grievance redressal committee.

Kingfisher secures stay against UBI's wilful defaulter tag

Kingfisher Airlines  announced that it has secured a stay from Calcutta High Court on the decision of the grievance redressal committee of the  United Bank of India which had earlier declared the airline and its directors as wilful defaulters.

UBI has been directed to file its affidavit-in-opposition by November 3 and the petitioners have been asked to file their reply one week thereafter. The next date of hearing is November 10, 2014.

Commenting on the stay granted by the court, Prakash Mirpuri, Vice President-Corporate Communications, Kingfisher Airlines, said: “We had earlier stated that we would legally challenge the wrongful decision of United Bank of India and that we have great faith in the judiciary in our country. We will legally defend our position on all allegations going forward.” 

Kingfisher Airlines along with its erstwhile directors had filed a writ petition in Calcutta High Court against UBI and others, challenging the constitutional validity of the RBI master circular on wilful defaulters as well as challenging the ex-parte decision of UBI’s grievance redressal committee.

The matter was listed for hearing on Friday (September 26) before Justice Debangsu Basak. After hearing counsel for the petitioners and the bank, Justice Basak passed an order in which he held that, prima facie, the bank acted in breach of the principles of natural justice by not making over the documents referred to and relied upon by it to KFA prior to the hearing. Thus, not enabling KFA to make an effective representation against the charges/allegations made against them in relation to being declared wilful defaulters.

Kingfisher Air stock price

On September 26, 2014, Kingfisher Airlines closed at Rs 1.87, up Rs 0.06, or 3.31 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 6.84 and the 52-week low was Rs 1.72.


The latest book value of the company is Rs -166.59 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company was -0.01.

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