NOW, COMPANIES UNDER INVESTICATIONS BY DIRECTOR OF ENFORCEMENT CAN AVAIL ECB UNDER AUTOMATIC ROUTE !!!
As per the extant guidelines, corporates that are under investigation by any law enforcing agencies like the Directorate of Enforcement (DoE), etc. are not allowed to access ECB under the Automatic route. Any request by such corporates for ECB is examined by the Reserve Bank under the approval route.
On a review, it has been decided to permit all entities to avail of ECBs under the automatic route as per the current norms, notwithstanding the pending investigations / adjudications / appeals by the law enforcing agencies, without prejudice to the outcome of such investigations / adjudications / appeals.
Accordingly, in case of all applications where the borrowing entity has indicated about the pending investigations / adjudications / appeals, Authorised Dealers while approving the proposal shall intimate the concerned agencies by endorsing the copy of the approval letter. The same procedure will be followed by the Reserve Bank of India also while approving such proposals.
All other aspects of the ECB policy, under the Automatic route such as amount of ECB, eligible borrower, recognised lender, end-use, all-in-cost ceiling, average maturity period, prepayment, refinancing of existing ECB and reporting arrangements remain unchanged.
Ref- A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 87 dated 5th March 2013