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Zee-Invesco tussle: Bombay HC gives Invesco time till 20 Oct to file reply

Earlier, the NCLT had given Zeel time till 22 October to file its reply.

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Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Wednesday heard the petition filed by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Zeel) against the requisition notice sent by its investor Invesco Developing Markets Fund. The court has asked Invesco to file its reply by 20 October and will hear the matter on 21 October.

National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has given Zeel time until 22 October to file its reply to Invesco’s requisition plea after a hearing on 8 October.

Zeel’s two top investors Invesco Developing Markets Fund and OFI Global China Fund LLC who combined own 18 per cent stake in the company had sent a requisition notice to the company on 11 September to call an EGM even after two weeks, the investors moved to NCLT, citing provisions of Company Law, according to which the company is bound to call for an EGM within a specific number of days if stakeholder demanding it owns more than 10 per cent of the company.

The investors had also sought the removal of long-standing directors and close associates of the Chandra family from the board. The two independent directors Ashok Kurien and Manish Chokhani have already submitted their resignations. 

The investors moved to have six nominees appointed to the board of Zeel, which included Surendra Singh Sirohi, Naina Krishna Murthy, Rohan Dhamija, Aruna Sharma, Srinivasa Rao Addepali, and Gaurav Mehta as independent directors of the board for a term up to five consecutive years. The notice was received by Zeel on 12 September, and it informed the stock exchanges on 13 September, adding that the appointments are subject to approval by the ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B).

Zeel refused to conduct the EGM citing 'shareholders interest,' and moved to Bombay high court on 2 October seeking to declare the requisition notice as 'illegal and invalid.'

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