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IPO-Bound Delhivery & Its Directors Involved In 67 Litigations Worth Nearly INR 278 Cr

IPO-Bound Delhivery & Its Directors Involved In 67 Litigations Worth Nearly INR 278 Cr

There are 39 litigations worth up to INR 42.04 Cr involving the company.

The DRHP further said the unicorn’s dues to creditors including MSMEs, and other creditors as of June 30, 2021 stood at INR 1.93.88 Cr.

The offer consists of a fresh issue of INR 5,000 Cr and an OFS of INR 2,460 Cr.

Gurugram-based logistics unicorn Delhivery filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) last week in a bid to raise INR 7,460 Cr through IPO. The draft prospectus revealed that the company, its subsidiaries and directors are involved in a total of 67 litigations worth INR 277.88 Cr.

There are 39 litigations worth up to INR 42.04 Cr involving the company. These include cases filed against the company or by the company.

The draft prospectus said that there are 42 consumer cases filed against the logistics unicorn involving an aggregate amount of INR 38.7 Lakh.

The only ongoing criminal proceeding against the company pertains to a petition dated September 15, 2020, filed by Ramesh against Delhivery and 486 others before the Motor Accidents Claim Tribunal, Kanpur Dehat, under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. 

The petitioner alleged that his younger brother had succumbed to death due to the injuries sustained in an accident with a truck engaged by Delhivery. The petitioner has asked for INR 34 lakh and interest thereon be paid as compensation by the respondents.

The SoftBank-backed unicorn, in its reply filed before the tribunal, denied the allegations made by the petitioner. The matter is currently pending.

There are six criminal litigations underway, based on pleas filed by Delhivery.

The ongoing proceedings pertain to issues including petitions filed by Delhivery over alleged cheque bounce, against several parties — Scientific Brains Nutraceuticals Private Limited Hanel Logistics Solutions Private Limited, Akanksha Enterprises and Renu Enterprises.

A major part of the criminal litigations involve tax proceedings. Delhivery is engaged in 20 cases of direct taxation issues worth INR 34.49 Cr.

In the case of its subsidiary Spoton, which it acquired in August this year, the DRHP said that Spoton filed 15 complaints pertaining to bounced cheques amounting to INR 72.58 Cr.

Further, there are 9 cases involving the directors of the IPO-bound logistics major worth INR 162.78 Cr.

An ex-employee of a company where Deepak Kapoor was the Chairman of its Board (prior to Delhivery) had filed a defamation complaint against the entity and a few officials, including Kapoor. Currently, the latter is the Chairman of Delhivery’s Board of Directors.

The petitioner said that the termination letter issued by the company (signed by Kapoor), “lowered the complainant’s reputation in the eyes of his family and other persons”.

Saugata Gupta, the MD and CEO of Marico Ltd, who is a Non-Executive Independent Director on Delhivery’s Board also faces a criminal complaint. A person named Pramod Kumar had filed a complaint against Marico and Gupta alleging cheating and misbranding of one of Marico’s products. 

The Delhi High Court, however, stayed the proceedings in the matter after both Gupta and Marico filed an appeal to quash the complaint and the matter is currently pending.

The DRHP further said that the Gurugram-based unicorn’s dues to creditors including MSMEs, and other creditors as of June 30, 2021 stood at INR 193.88 Cr.

Another unicorn OYO, which filed its DRHP for an over INR 8,000 Cr IPO in October revealed that the company, its subsidiaries and its promoters are involved in 65 legal cases, worth up to INR 347.52 Cr. 

Paytm, which opened its INR 18,300 Cr offer on Monday, was involved in 43 litigations involving the company, its subsidiaries are involved in 24, and there was one ongoing litigation against one of its directors, as of the filing of its DRHP in July.

Delhivery’s IPO consists of a fresh issue of INR 5,000 Cr and an offer for sale (OFS) of INR 2,460 Cr. The proceeds from the OFS will not be routed to the company and the targeted INR 2,460 Cr from the offer for sale will not form part of the net proceeds.

Out of the net proceeds of INR 5,000 Cr, the company will utilise INR 1,250 Cr or 25% of the proceeds for funding inorganic growth through acquisitions and investments. Further, half of the proceeds (INR 2,500 Cr) will be used for financing organic initiatives.

It also plans to utilise up to 25% of the net process for general corporate purposes. However, the amount will be finalised based on the offer price.

A few weeks back, the company had closed a funding round of $125 Mn from Lee Fixel’s venture capital firm Addition taking its total funding to $1.4 Bn.