Damyanti Vithalani, a Moneylife reader got her money back from Yash Birla group companies by filing a complaint to MCA portal. Those who invested in the corporate FDs of Zenith Birla (India) and Birla Power Solutions can follow her tactic to get their money back
Moneylife has received several complaints from agitated readers and senior citizens who have not been able tot get their fixed deposit (FD) maturity amounts from Yash Birla Group companies – Zenith Birla (India) Ltd and Birla Power Solutions. Damyanti Vithalani, who fought for her refund says that a complaint to the Ministry of Company Affairs (MCA) website reached the right ears. Here is what you need to do to get your money back from the Yash Birla group companies.
Ms Vithlani managed to get her money back after filing complaints with the MCA as well as the CLB. She had invested in corporate FD of Zenith Birla India Ltd. On maturity, the company received her FD claim but they did not give any timeline for refunding the money. Later on, she filed complaint on MCA website and wrote emails to the legal team of Yash Birla group as well as the company’s board members, PVR Murthy and Vimal Dubey. She sent a copy of every email to MCA at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ministry of Commerce (MoC). She also filed her complaint with the CLB. After following this process for a month, she received Rs6 lakh from Zenith Birla India.
Between March and June 2013, the CLB had received as many as 130 complaints against other Yash Birla group company, Birla Power Solutions. Applicants have filed complaints under section 58A(9) of the Companies Act, 1956 as the company has failed to repay their deposits-FDs as per the terms and conditions of acceptance of deposits.
On 30 August 2013, in view of the genuine claim of the applicants and also in exercise of powers conferred under section 58A (9) of the Companies Act, 1956, CLB Member Vimla Yadav directed Birla Power, as under:
As of March 2012, Yash Birla group companies owe Rs97.25 crore to small investors invested as fixed deposit. Birla Power Solutions owes the highest, Rs57.92 crore while Zenith Birla (India) owes Rs33.19 crore to FD holders. Birla Cotsyn (India) and Shloka Infotech have collected FDs worth Rs5.67 crore and Rs52.84 lakh from investors as of March 2012. Yash Birla group companies have not yet published reports for end-March 2013.
Are Yash Birla Group companies in deep trouble? Yash Birla Group of companies has been struggling with many issues like liquidity crunch, non-payment of loans, negative cash flows etc. Most of its companies are giving negative returns to the investors and its share prices are not even in double digits.
Corporate FD’s are unsecured in nature but many investors including senior citizens like Damyanti Vithalani invested lakhs of rupees due to the goodwill of the Prestigious Birla Group. However, Yash Birla is more known for its lavish lifestyle on Page3 parties instead of his business moves, which shows the careless attitude of the group. The promoter’s stake in Birla Power Solutions is only 1.08%. It shows that the promoter himself lost faith in his company. For FY2013, Zenith Birla India reported a net loss of Rs44.62 crore while, during the June 2013 quarter it widened to Rs19.52 crore.