Britannia violated SEBI listing norms on Wadia arrest: InGovern
Proxy advisory and corporate governance firm InGovern on Tuesday said that Britannia Industries Ltd violated market regulator Sebi's listing regulations by not reporting the recent arrest in Japan of its promoter Ness Wadia.
 
Ness Wadia, son of industrialist Nusli Wadia, was handed a two-year prison sentence for drugs possession while on a skiing holiday in Japan. The sentence was suspended for five years.
 
"Britannia is in violation of Sebi's listing obligations and disclosure requirements (LODR). The arrest of the promoter should have been disclosed by the company to the exchanges, which was not done," InGovern founder Shriram Subramanian told IANS in an interview.
 
In response to a regulatory query on the matter earlier, Ness Wadia had said that the "judgment referred to is clear. It is a suspended sentence".
 
"Hence, I am suitably advised that it will not impact nor impair me in the discharge of my responsibilities and I will be able to play the role that I have done hitherto, in both the company and the group as also my other activities," Ness Wadia said.
 
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SAT Stays SEBI Orders Against 3 Brokers, 3 NSE Officials
The Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) has stayed orders passed by market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) against three brokerages and three senior officials of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in the NSE co-location (Colo) or algo trading scam. However, the Tribunal has asked the brokers, GKN Securities, Way2Wealth Brokers Pvt Ltd and OPG Securities to deposit 50% of the penalty amount as security by 20 May 2019. The SAT also stayed SEBI order on barring three NSE officials from holding any position in any market intermediaries for two years. 
 
Last week, SEBI has barred OPG Securities and its directors Sanjay Gupta, Sangeeta Gupta and Om Prakash Gupta from the markets for five years for securing unfair access to NSE’s trading systems. They were also asked to pay Rs15.57 crore along with an interest of 12% from April 2014 onwards. 
 
Both Way2Wealth Brokers Pvt Ltd and GKN Securities were barred by SEBI for one year from accepting any new client. Way2Wealth was asked to pay a fine of Rs15.34 crore along with an interest at 12% from 10 September 2015, while GKN was fined Rs4.9 crore, which it was required to pay along with an interest of 12% from 11 September 2015. 
 
Last week, on Friday, SEBI has allowed the three brokerages to close their open positions in the futures and options (F&O) and currency derivatives segment within two months.
 
Separately, the Tribunal has stayed SEBI orders that barred Ravi Varanasi, who was head of the business development function at NSE, Nagendra Kumar (head of membership department) and Deviprasad Singh (head of Colo support) for two years from holding any position with a market player. 
 
According to sources, Ravi Varanasi, Nagendra Kumar, Deviprasad Singh and Suprabhat Lala, who at various times headed NSE’s vigilance, compliance, trading and customer relations, are not working with NSE. “While it is not known if the Exchange has issued any order or communication to these people as per the SEBI order, they have stopped working with NSE," the source tells us. 
 
Last week, the market regulator, in a marathon five-order series in the co-location case, came down heavily on NSE and its senior officials, including former managing directors Ravi Narain and Chitra Ramakrishna.
 
Mr Lala from NSE is barred from holding any position with any market infrastructure intermediaries for two years. Mr Varanasi, NSE’s chief of business development is barred from holding positions in market intermediaries and associating with listed companies for three years in the dark fibre case. 
 
Nagendra Kumar SRVS, head of NSE’s membership department and Deviprasad Singh, head for Colo support at the Exchange, are also barred from holding any position for the next two years. In addition, SEBI has asked NSE to initiate an enquiry under its employees’ regulation against Mr Singh and submit the report within six months.
 
The colocation or algo scam came to light in mid-2015, when Moneylife wrote about it for the first time, following multiple letters from a whistleblower. For this, NSE had filed a defamation case against us. A single-judge had penalised NSE for Rs50 lakh for having filed a case against us. After filing an appeal against the order, NSE paid up the penalty. Meanwhile, in the wake of the scam, the top brass of NSE had to resign and a new management team took charge.
 
Officials from SEBI were not immediately available for comment on the SAT stay orders.  
 
Next hearing in both these matters is scheduled for 22 July 2019.
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COMMENTS

VASANT KULKARNI

2 months ago

THIS MUST BE STOPPED. IF THE REGULATORS FIGHT BETWEEN THEMSELVES ON THE ISSUE OF EGO RATHER THAN MERIT, YOU WILL NOT GET ANY JUSTICE. IT WILL BE CARRIED AWAY NOWHERE.

Mohan Krishnan

2 months ago

Judiciary is for the elites all over the world.
A good lawyer is one who knows the law well. But the best lawyer is one who knows the Judge well.

B. KRISHNAN

2 months ago

This is what happens in our country. Fraudsters and crooks can always get away by employing highly paid lawyers and get orders stayed or reversed permanently! I am reminded of the old saying "We are like that only".

Vaibhav Dhoka

2 months ago

After going through the write up one gets to know why other countries businessman avoid entry in India. Here no one can predict time in judiciary and quasi-judicial bodies. In present case it took 3 & 1/2 years for SEBI order which have put on hold by SAT within 4 days. The result is white callar crime goes down without punishment if one can manipulate the process. Finally ordinary investor or litigant never get justice from the system.

Two years of RERA: Implementation still patchy in many states
Two years after the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act was enacted, the implementation of the legislation intended to bring about transparency and regulate the highly unorganised real estate sector still remains a work in progress.
 
The RERA rules have been notified in 22 states and six union territories, and among them 19 states have active online portals so far. 
 
Five states have not yet notified the rules and 11 states - all the eight northeastern states as well as West Bengal and Kerala - are yet to set up their web portals. 
 
Several states have also diluted the rules in favour of the builders, going against the very spirit of the Act, experts said.
 
"Undoubtedly, it is work in process, with the states currently placed across the spectrum of RERA implementation. On the one hand, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have taken the lead and are markedly ahead, while Haryana and Bengal on the other, have still to catch up," said Gulam Zia, Executive Director for Valuation and Advisory, Retail and Hospitality at Knight Frank India.
 
West Bengal has refused to implement the Act as it has its own West Bengal Housing and Industrial Regulation Act (WBHIRA). This has, however, been challenged in the Supreme Court by the Forum for People's Collective Efforts (FPCE), an umbrella association of home buyers.
 
"The implementation of RERA has had its fair share of glitches delaying its full implementation. Many states haven't been able to get the whole system activated. As a result, aggrieved consumers are not yet fully convinced about the authority," Zia added.
 
According to Surendra Hiranandani, Founder and Director of House of Hiranandani, although the Act has brought about significant changes, the biggest probalem of RERA is that of granting permissions. 
 
"We must have a single-window disbursal of all regulatory approvals which has been a long-standing demand of the real estate sector as it will help developers complete projects on time," he said.
 
Experts also raise concern about the Act being ineffective in some fronts, including regulation of old projects.
 
"I believe RERA is effective when it comes to new projects. But for the old projects, I would still consider RERA a toothless tiger," said Samir Jasuja, Founder of Propequity, adding that RERA also lacks effective infrastructure. 
 
"There is no team on ground who would audit or validate the data provided by the developers. Some sales numbers reported on the RERA website are not correct and there is no proper mechanism to cross check it," he added.
 
Although there are loopholes and the implementation has been patchy, analysts and market players feel RERA has brought about a systemic change in the real estate sector which has also boosted the sentiments among home buyers.
 
"In the last two years, RERA has brought in some amicable change in the sector. Some of the changes we've seen in the sector are increasing joint ventures, developers registering their projects, timely hand over of flats and developers bringing in newer projects with cleaner business practices. All of these improvements have led to a boost in home buyer sentiments," said Parth Mehta, MD of Paradigm Realty.
 
According to J.C. Sharma, Vice Chairman and MD, SOBHA Ltd, the implementation of RERA, has been one of the most significant and transformative steps for Indian real estate sector. With regulatory mechanism in place, the consumers' grievances can now be resolved faster, he said.
 
The Act has enabled the developers to understand their responsibility and work within their competencies and as a result, they are increasingly becoming realistic in offering the right products at the right price point, Sharma said. 
 
"Despite the initial transitional challenges, the positive impact has been amply visible over the last two years with improving home buyer sentiments and increasing transparency and accountability in the sector," he added.
 
Anuj Puri, Chairman of Anarock Properties said that although several buyers are concerned about the dilution of the RERA rules, they continue to have faith in the law.
 
"Even while buyers have been continuously fretting about the dilution of the rules, they are bestowing their faith in the law and coming forward in bulk to raise their complaints against faulty developers for myriad reasons including project delays. For instance, Maha RERA has received as many as 6,631 complaints (as on April) since inception, out of which the state authority claims to have disposed more than 64 per cent of the complaints," he said.
 
Maharastra has been the torchbearer in terms of implementation of the Act and resolving home buyers' grievances. 
 
According to Anarocks, Maharashtra is currently the most active state having the highest project registrations with more than 20,718 projects under MahaRERA so far, and nearly 19,699 RERA-registered real estate agents.
 
However, the lagging of other states in terms of having a fully operational RERA structure with an operational website still remains concern, experts said.
 
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