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SC issues notice on Amazon plea for interim relief on Rs 24,713 cr RIL-Future deal


The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices onAmazon‘s plea for interim relief against a High Court order which had allowed the Rs 24,713 crore RIL-Future deal to proceed and restrained theNCLTfrom passing any final orders on the amalgamation. Proceedings in the NCLT will, however, continue.

A bench led by Justice R.F. Nariman issued notices to

Future Retail

and

RIL

both of which were represented in the court today in the high-stakes case. The court notices place these companies under a legal obligation to formally place their legal submissions in court within three weeks.

Amazon, which has a 49 per cent share in Future Retail, has opposed the deal between Future and RIL.

It has already won an international arbitration in Singapore on this and has also moved the High Court seeking action against Future’s Kishore Biyani for violating an agreement which barred it from dealing with RIL in any manner.

Future has also moved the NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal) to execute the deal. Those proceedings are underway.

Amazon’s proceedings in the High Court initially went in its favour with a single judge ordering status quo on the deal. But a division bench recently revoked the status quo allowing all regulatory and statutory proceedings regarding the deal to go on.

Today, Justice Nariman initially said that the court “understands what was going on” and wanted to completely stay the NCLT proceedings. But eventually only stayed the Tribunal from passing any final orders regarding “sanction of the scheme”.
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