Retirement: Mutual Funds Line Up Retirement Plans
Encouraged by tax incentives for investment in retirement schemes floated by mutual funds (MFs), several fund houses, including IDBI MF, Birla Sun Life MF, DSP Blackrock MF, Axis MF and SBI MF, have approached Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to launch retirement-linked MFs.
Reliance Capital Asset Management Company had taken government approval for the first-ever equity-oriented pension scheme, in December 2014, giving tax benefits to investors.
Retirement funds floated by fund houses have been given tax benefits in line with pension funds, to attract long-term domestic savings into the equity market in the Finance Act 2015.
Earlier, only insurance companies were allowed to offer pension products with tax incentives. Investments in these schemes are eligible for a deduction under Section 80 C of Income-Tax Act up to a limit of Rs1.5 lakh.


Other Insurance: Baggage Insurance for Train Passengers
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) plans to offer ‘baggage insurance’ from New India Assurance for train passengers. A passenger can claim the insurance money in case of loss or theft of baggage. Goods, like laptop and mobile phone, will also be covered as part of the package. The premium will depend on the length of the journey and the class of travel.


After USL shows him the door, Mallya vents his frustration on Twitter

The Board of United Spirits said it lost confidence in Vijay Mallya continuing as chairman. Mallya, insists he would continue while blaming others of character-bashing


The Board of United Spirits Ltd (USL), in which Diageo holds majority share, asked Vijay Mallya to resign as director and chairman of the company following certain irregularities related with doubtful loans given to United Breweries (UB) group. However, after the Board showed him door, Mallya, the once-upon-a-time 'King of good times' took out his frustration on Twitter.
The Company, in its regulatory filing had stated, "...without making any determination as to fault or culpability, the directors noted that they had lost confidence in Dr Vijay Mallya continuing in his role as a director and as chairman and therefore, the Board called upon Dr Mallya to resign forthwith as a director and as the Chairman of the Board and step down from his positions in the company's subsidiaries."
"ln the event Dr Mallya declines to step down, the Board also resolved that it would recommend to the shareholders of the Company, the removal of Dr Mallya as a director and as the Chairman of the Board," the filing says.
However, Mallya, in a tweet said, "People and media revel in speculation sensationalisation and character bashing. Unfortunately for you I intend to continue as USL Chairman."
The Board of USL stated that Diageo, the majority stakeholder in the company, had certain contractual obligations to support Mallya continuing as non-executive director and chairman, subject to certain conditions. "Therefore, in the event Dr Mallya declines to step down, the Board resolved to request Diageo to expeditiously review the position in relation to its contractual obligations and authorised sharing with Diageo a copy of the inquiry report and all the materials relating to the company's inquiry," USL said.
On 9 November 2012, Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker announced that it would buy 53.4% stake in United Spirits for Rs11,166.5 crore in a multi-structured deal. 
In September 2014, after reporting a full year net loss of Rs4,488.8 crore for FY2014 mainly on higher provisions due to certains loans given to UB Group companies, the Board of USL had ordered a probe in to matter. USL had made provisions of Rs1,012.75 crore for FY2014, due to ‘doubtful loans’ and exceptional items of Rs3,235.73 crore on the sale of Scottish subsidiary Whyte and Mackay.
The probe came after Mallya, the UB Group Chairman was declared a wilful defaulter by State-owned United Bank of India. However, Mallya disagreed with the action of the lender and said he would pursue legal action.
“We were not given a hearing, we have not appeared before them, we disagree with their action and we shall pursue legal action,” Mallya told reporters after the annual general meeting of United Breweries. 
Last year in December, minority shareholders of USL defeated a majority of the special resolutions during the company's extraordinary general meeting on 28th November at Bengaluru. This was seen as a major setback to the integration between the company and its new owner Diageo Plc. Out of the 12 special resolutions, shareholders rejected nine resolutions connected with entities related with USL chairman Mallya.
In a regulatory filing, USL said, a key resolution regarding approval of a loan agreement between USL and UB Holdings Ltd has not been approved by the shareholders. Another resolution regarding sale of immovable properties to USL by UB Holdings also did not find favour with the shareholders. These resolutions required approval from at least 75% of shareholders. During the voting, only 127 public shareholders participated, suggesting that institutions had a major role to play in the defeat of the majority of the resolutions.
Separately, in a report, proxy advisory firm Institutional Investor Advisory Services India Ltd (IiAS) has raised questions about the role of auditors in discerning the alleged financial irregularities and Diageo's management of the acquisition.

IiAS said it believes that Vijay Mallya must step down from the board of USL and allow an independent and unbiased investigation into the allegations. While Dr Mallya claims to be a victim of false allegation, IiAS questions whether there are any victims in this saga. Can Diageo claim to have not known about intragroup transactions?

Here are question IiAS has asked to Diageo...
  1. What compelled Diageo to not run a thorough due diligence, and miss asking the obvious questions?
  2. Why did Diageo vote its shares in favour of reappointing Dr Mallya at a time when he was named as a wilful defaulter?
  3. What prompted Diageo to nominate PA Murali (USL's CFO who resigned earlier this month) to the board as their epresentative? If PA Murali was Diageo's representative, can Diageo claim they were not in the know?
Asking the company auditors to justify their audit quality, the proxy advisory firm, said, "Auditor rotation typically brings fresh oversight thereby enhancing the quality and objectivity of the audit process. However, in USL's case, the two changes in auditors yielded no results. Moreover, the audit firm that conducted the forensic audit was the auditor for the period within which the alleged irregularities occurred! Do shareholders rely on PwC's statutory audit or PwC's forensic audit?




shanti Patel

2 years ago

The time has come to RAISE the VOICE against all the people who have failed to do the duty assigned to them.

I think till today nobody was much bothered about AUDITORS. Now the voices are raised against the Statutory Auditors too.

If in the instant case if the Statutory Auditors who carried out the audit of the relevant years and failed to do the duty cast upon under the companies act 1956 or 20013, must be punished.

The Central Council of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India must take action sou moto and take appropriate action against the firm of auditor if found guilty.

Or shareholders should request the Council about such instances and request to look in to the matter.

NESL is the latestest case, I have been told that a PIL has been filed in the court for taking an appropriate action against auditors who have prima facie seems to have not carried out the audit in accordance with generally accepted practice.


In our country, Chal ta hay attitude can be changed with persistence follow up of all the related parties.

I request even MONEYLIFE also to keep one section for the same


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