SEBI said Budhwani acted as key operator in concert with certain other entities and was involved in the scheme of cornering of shares in the IPOs of 13 companies including Yes Bank and Suzlon Energy
Mumbai: Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) imposed a penalty of Rs1.50 crore on one Purshottam Budhwani for his alleged role in fraudulent trading practices in initial public offerings (IPOs) of 13 companies including Yes Bank and Suzlon Energy between 2003 and 2005, reports PTI.
Budhwani was also allegedly involved in manipulative activities related to IPOs of IL&FS, IDFC, Shoppers Stop, MSP Steel and Power, SPL Industries, Provogue, Tata Consultancy Services, Gateway Distriparks, Gokuldas Exports, Nectar Lifesciences, Sasken Communication Technologies.
SEBI said Budhwani acted as key operator in concert with certain other entities and was involved in the scheme of cornering of shares in the IPOs.
"...the noticee had indulged in fraudulent and manipulative activities and employed deceptive device and scheme to corner the shares reserved for retail individual investors in the aforesaid 13 IPOs with the intention to defraud retail individual investors," SEBI said in its order.
A SEBI probe in shares of certain companies during their IPOs between 2003 and 2005 had found that certain entities had opened large number of demat accounts and bank accounts which were in the names of fictitious persons or were benami.
The entities had purchased shares of various companies in the IPOs by making applications in fictitious names with each application being of a value so as to make it eligible for allotment under the retail category.
Following the allotment, the shares from such fictitious allottees were transferred in the demat account of key operators like Budhwani before the listing on stock exchanges, SEBI said.
The key operators then transferred the shares through off market deals to certain entities called the "financiers".
The regulator said it observed that the key operators retained a portion of shares for themselves which were then sold in the market, earning them huge gains illegally.
As per SEBI, the scheme was designed to corner shares from the quota reserved for retail investors in the IPOs of various companies and to make profit by selling the shares.
In May 2011, SEBI had directed Budhwani to disgorge Rs9.39 crore which included the amount of unlawful gains made by him along with an interest of 10% per annum for six years.
IRDA said copies of current passbook and current statement of bank accounts with full residential details would be considered as "officially valid document" towards identity and address in case of micro-insurance products
New Delhi: Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has decided to relax the requirement of written confirmation from banks as a proof of residence for micro-insurance policy seekers from remote areas, reports PTI.
"It has come to our notice that customers in remote areas who have limited access to banking facilities have difficulty in providing such written confirmations from banks, IRDA said in a notification.
IRDA said it was observed the requirement of providing written confirmation from banks was "posing a hindrance to the financial inclusion measures".
In view of the same, copies of current passbook and current statement of bank accounts with full residential details would be considered as "officially valid document" towards identity and address in case of micro-insurance products, it added.
"...it is advised that written confirmation from banks need not be insisted upon," IRDA said in the notification.
Minimum lending rate, of HDFC Bank will come down to 9.7% from the existing 9.8% thus making loans cheaper for borrowers in new year
New Delhi: HDFC Bank has decided to cut its benchmark lending rates by 0.1%, making loans cheaper for its borrowers in the New Year, reports PTI.
The base rate, or the minimum lending rate, of HDFC Bank will become 9.7% from the existing 9.8%, sources said.
At the same time, the benchmark prime lending rate (BPLR) of the country’s second largest private bank is expected to be slashed by a similar margin to 18.20%.
The new rates would be effective from 1 January 2013, sources added.
HDFC Bank has become the first bank to cut lending rate ahead of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s quarter review of monetary policy on 29 January 2013. RBI has already indicated that it will consider reducing interest rate in the January review.
The central bank is closely monitoring the evolving growth-inflation dynamics and would update projections for 2012-13 in the third quarter review, RBI had said.
Looking forward, the central bank said, "the emerging patterns reinforce the likelihood of steady moderation in inflation going into 2013-14, though inflation may edge higher over the next two months".
The RBI in its December review left the short-term lending (repo) rate and the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) unchanged at 8% and 4.25% respectively.
The reverse repo, at which RBI absorbs excess liquidity through borrowings from banks, remained static at 7%.
HDFC Bank last reduced the benchmark lending rates by 0.2% in June.
Meanwhile, the bank also revised fixed deposit rates on select maturities from 15 December 2012.
Earlier this week, HDFC Bank raised about Rs1,400 crore from bonds to fund its business growth. The bank has allotted lower Tier II bonds for an amount aggregating Rs1,405 crore.
The bonds in the nature of debentures where issued on a private placement basis to investors.