Byju's Refers Dispute With BCCI For Arbitration; Trying To Settle Amicably

Byju's engages in arbitration to resolve its sponsorship dispute with BCCI, seeking an amicable settlement. The edtech giant responds to BCCI's insolvency claim for unpaid dues, with NCLT proceedings set for further hearings on February 7.
Byju's Dispute With BCCI For Abrivation
Byju's Dispute With BCCI For Abrivation

Edtech firm Byju's on Wednesday informed the insolvency tribunal NCLT that it has referred its dispute with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over sponsorship rights for arbitration.

During the proceedings of NCLT, counsel appearing for Think & Learn Pvt Ltd, which provides online educational services under the brand name Byju's, informed that it is currently engaged in negotiations with the BCCI to settle the dispute amicably.

Earlier on November 28, 2023 admitting BCCI's plea, a two-member Bengaluru-based bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) had issued notice to Think & Learn.

BCCI has filed a petition claiming dues of Rs 158 crore as an operational creditor under section 9 of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code 2016.

The counsel of the edtech firm also informed the tribunal that it had filed objections to the BCCI’s plea to initiate insolvency against Byju's.

However, BCCI counsel sought some time to reply over the objection and arbitration application of Byju's.

NCLT has now posted the matter to February 7, for further hearings.

BCCI had filed the insolvency plea on September 8, and had issued notice on November 28, on the first hearing.

During the proceedings, BCCI's counsel on November 28, informed NCLT that a general notice was issued to Byju's through an e-mail dated January 6, 2023, with a default amount of Rs 158 crore, excluding TDS.

Byju's first came on board in 2019, when mobile manufacturer Oppo transferred the sponsorship rights to the online tutorial firm.

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