Zenith Birla GDR manipulation case: Sebi bans 7 entities, 6 people

Cracking the whip in a GDR manipulation case associated to Zenith Birla (India) Ltd, Sebi on Tuesday barred six people and 7 entities from the securities marketplace for various durations and likewise directed a few of them to disgorge unlawful positive aspects.

In a 92-page order, the watchdog has imposed a three-year ban on Zenith Birla, Arun Panchariya and Classic FZE.

Moreover, Excessive Blue Sky Rising Market Fund, Pan Asia Advisors Ltd, Mukesh Chauradiya, India Focus Cardinal Fund and P V R Murthy have been barred from the securities marketplace for two years.

Sebi has additionally restrained Cardinal Capital Companions (CCP), Golden Cliff, Yash Birla, M S Arora and A P Kurias for one yr every.

Based on the order, Panchariya, Classic FZE, India Focus Cardinal Fund and Blue Sky Rising Market Fund must disgorge, collectively and severally, unlawful positive aspects of Rs 59.06 crore made by means of sale of fairness shares after conversion of GDRs (World Depository Receipts) of Zenith by IFCF and HBS as sub-accounts within the Indian securities market.

This quantity needs to be disgorged together with an curiosity of six per cent each year from the date of sale of these fairness shares, inside 45 days, Sebi mentioned.

In case they fail to adjust to the path inside the stipulated time, Sebi mentioned they’d be restrained from accessing the securities market until the precise fee of disgorgement quantity or until the completion of their debarment, whichever is later.

“This path is with out prejudice to every other motion together with motion for restoration of such quantities from these noticees which can be initiated by Sebi,” the order mentioned.

Whereas passing the order, Sebi Complete Time Member S Okay Mohanty mentioned that Zenith Birla ought to proceed to pursue all of the measures to deliver again the excellent GDR proceeds amounting to USD 14.50 million into its checking account in India.

After bringing the excellent GDR proceeds into its Indian checking account, it ought to furnish a certificates from a peer reviewed chartered accountant together with needed documentary evidences to Sebi, certifying compliance with the path, he mentioned within the order.

The case pertains to issuance of GDRs by Zenith Birla. It had issued 1.81 million GDRs for USD 22.99 million in Could 2010.

Sebi famous that European American Funding Financial institution AG, Austria (Euram Financial institution) had granted a mortgage to Classic FZE to subscribe to the GDRs.

Panchariya had signed the mortgage settlement on the behalf of Classic as Managing Director and the problem was subscribed solely by Classic.

As per Sebi, the corporate pledged its total GDR proceeds with Euram Financial institution as a safety in opposition to the mortgage availed by Classic for subscribing to the GDRs.

It was additionally discovered that every one the 1.81 million GDRs have been cancelled and transformed into fairness shares. After cancellation, it was seen that 4.77 crore shares of Zenith on conversion of 13.77 lakh GDRs have been offered within the Indian securities market via FII-sub account particularly India Focus Cardinal Fund (IFCF).

Equally, 1.15 crore shares of Zenith on conversion of 319,626 GDRs have been offered within the Indian securities market via FII-sub account particularly Excessive Blue Sky Rising Market Fund (HBS).

“In my view, with out the function and help of CCP and Golden Cliff, the mentioned fraudulent scheme conceived by the corporate pertaining to the issuance of GDRs adopted by mortgage default by Classic, forfeiture of GDR proceeds by Euram Financial institution and illegal positive aspects made by IFCF and HBS out of the underlying fairness shares of these GDRs of Zenith which have been allotted to Classic for insufficient consideration, couldn’t have been accomplished…,” Mohanty mentioned within the order.

He additionally famous that these underlying fairness shares of Zenith couldn’t have been dumped within the Indian securities market.

Panchariya was additionally a director at Pan Asia Advisors Ltd, which was the lead supervisor of Zenith’s GDR problem.

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