National Company Law Tribunal has initiated insolvency proceedings in opposition to a subsidiary of Softbank-backed hospitality startup Oyo, a public discover confirmed on Tuesday, a call the corporate stated it had challenged. Oyo is one in every of SoftBank’s greatest bets and the Japanese group has poured greater than $1 billion into the corporate, during which it owns a 46 per cent stake. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) discover stated it was appointing a decision skilled for Oyo’s subsidiary, Oyo Hotels and Homes Pvt Ltd, and welcoming all collectors to submit any claims it might have in opposition to the corporate.
Oyo stated in an announcement it was stunned by the choice, which it has challenged within the appellate tribunal, describing it because the fallout of a contractual dispute over a declare of $21,500. “Oyo has paid that under protest ..Oyo is recovering from the pandemic steadily and our largest markets are operating profitably,” its founder and CEO, Ritesh Agarwal, stated on Twitter. The authorized battle comes when Oyo was already beneath stress because of the coronavirus pandemic which has hit resort and journey business revenues.
The firm has additionally confronted a backlash from hoteliers in India over unpaid dues. Gautam Bhatikar, accomplice at Phoenix Legal, stated there was a very good likelihood Oyo would win its attraction given it had already paid the quantity to the claimant. But if that did not occur, Bhatikar stated, there was a threat that many different collectors might be part of the decision course of looking for their claims or dues, complicating issues for Oyo. Oyo is one in every of India’s largest startups which was based by Agarwal in 2013 and aggregates bookings for India’s funds motels