No restrictions on RRPR for warrant conversion: IT dept on NDTV buyout

RRPR had earlier said that it would require the Income Tax department’s nod to convert warrants into equity shares

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Sep 10, 2022 4:16 PM  | 2 min read
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Visvapradhan Commercial (VCPL), an indirect subsidiary of Adani Enterprises, has said that NDTV promoter group firm RRPR Holding will not require Income Tax Department’s nod to convert warrants into equity shares.

On August 23, VCPL notified RRPR Holding that it was exercising its rights to convert warrants issued to it in 2009 into equity shares, which would give it control of 99.5 per cent of RRPR Holding.

RRPR had then said that it would need the Income Tax Department’s nod to convert the warrants, which was 29.18 per cent. Adani Enterprises had rejected this stating that its claims are not merit or law based and that it was misconceived on its part.

In a notification issued by VCPL on Friday it said that it had approached the Income Tax Department for clarity on the matter and the department said that there were no restrictions on RRPR to carry out the exercise of warrants into equity.

“The prohibition under orders u/s 281B during the period of their operation is on M/s. RRPR Holding Private Limited for selling or transfer of its shareholding in M/s. New Delhi Television Limited and from creating/causing any charge only, irrespective of the shareholding pattern of M/s. RRPR Holding Private Limited who exercises control thereon and not on the issuance of shares of M/s. RRPR Holding Private Limited,” the reply from the Additional Commissioner of Income Tax stated.

The company said that the IT Orders are only applicable to the NDTV shares held by RRPR. This would not restrict the firm (RRPR) from completing the formalities of allotting equity shares to VCPL on the exercise of the warrants.

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