INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY BOARD OF INDIA
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 20th April, 2020

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020.

No. IBBI/2020-2021/GN/REG058.—In exercise of the powers conferred by sections 196, 203 and 205 read with section 240 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (31 of 2016), the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India hereby makes the following regulations further to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016, namely:—

1. (1) These regulations may be called the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020.

(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 28th March, 2020.

2. In the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016, in the Schedule, in clause 12A, –

(i) in sub-clause (5), the following shall be inserted, namely: –

“Provided that, for an application received on and from the date of commencement of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye- Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 and ending on the 30th September 2020, if the authorisation for assignment is not issued, renewed or rejected by the Agency within thirty days of the date of receipt of application, the authorisation shall be deemed to have been issued or renewed, as the case may be, by the Agency.”;

(ii) in sub-clause (7), the following shall be inserted, namely: –

“Provided that, where an application for issue of authorisation for assignment has been rejected by an insolvency professional agency, on and from the date of commencement of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye- Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 and ending on the 30th September, 2020, the applicant aggrieved of an order of rejection may appeal to the Membership Committee within thirty days from the date of receipt of order.”.

Dr. M. S. SAHOO, Chairperson
[ADVT.-III/4/Exty./11/2020-21]

Note: The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye–Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016 were published vide notification No. IBBI/2016- 17/GN/REG001 dated 21st November, 2016 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part III, Section 4, No. 421 on 22nd November, 2016 and were subsequently amended by-

(1) The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 dated the 11th October, 2018 published vide notification No. IBBI/2018-19/GN/REG35 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part III, Section 4, No. 383 on 11th October, 2018; and

(2) The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 dated the 23rd July, 2019 published vide notification No. IBBI/2019-20/GN/REG043 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part III, Section 4, No. 261 on 23rd July 2019.

Explanatory Memorandum

The Governing Board of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India decided on 28th March, 2020 to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016. The notification amending the regulations could not be published in the Gazette of India, due to the nationwide lockdown declared by the Central Government w.e.f. 25th March, 2020, in the wake of the outbreak of Covid-19. The amendment regulations were, therefore, published on the website of the Board for it to be effective from the 28th of March, 2020, with a note that the same shall be published in the Gazette of India as soon as the Government Press accepts the notification for publication. The intention of the Governing Board was to bring into force the amended regulations with effect from the 28th March, 2020.

It is certified that, since the amendment regulations facilitate insolvency professionals to obtain authorisation for assignment to practice as such, no person is being adversely affected by giving retrospective effect.

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