Karvy Default: NSE Settles Claims Worth Rs2,300 Crore of 2.35 Lakh Investors; More Expected
Moneylife Digital Team 17 November 2020
The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has settled claims worth Rs2,300 crore of as many as 2.35 lakh investors of Karvy Stock Broking Ltd. NSE says claims of investors with a fund balance of up to Rs30,000 have been settled.
 
We learn that this is just one stage of the action against Karvy and more action will follow.  Despite hundreds of complaints, Karvy has been given a lot of time to clear dues based on its request that it would sell assets and create liquidity. However, investors are losing patience and many of them, badly affected by the COVID-19 aftermath are also in need of funds. 
 
In a statement, NSE says, "While disciplinary proceedings are underway, funds and securities of approximately Rs2,300 crore belonging to about 2,35,000 investors have been settled so far, with efforts focused on settlement of small investors. Investors with fund balances up to Rs30,000 due from Karvy Stock Broking have been settled."
 
Karvy Stock Broking was disabled (trading rights withdrawn) on 2 December 2019. NSE says, "In coordination with other market infrastructure institutions (MIIs) and under the guidance of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), it transferred securities to respective clients, invoked bank guarantees deposited with clearing corporations and liquidated securities held by Karvy group companies." 
 
In November 2019, Karvy had unauthorisedly transferred securities worth Rs2,300 crore of more than 95,000 clients, into its account, by misusing the power of attorney (PoA) given by its clients. 
 
On 22 November 2019, SEBI barred Karvy from taking new clients in respect of its stock broking activities and also prevented it from using the PoA given by clients after the broker was found to have allegedly misused clients' securities. Karvy had, instead of pledging its own shares, pledged shares belonging to clients and utilised them to raise funds. Some of these funds were, in turn, transferred to its sister concerns such as Karvy Realty Ltd.
 
Moneylife Foundation, through its trustee, Sucheta Dalal, had shared 136 complaints of investor with Karvy. Of these, over 100 investors have confirmed to us that they received their money or shares back from the brokerage – either in full, if it was below Rs20,000, or in part. 
 
C Parthasarathy, chairman and managing director (CMD) the Karvy group, told Moneylife that NSE’s action is part of an ongoing process. He further said, "In most cases, may be in all cases, action has been initiated and we have effected payment as also credit of shares. In a few cases where action has not been initiated, we have also given reasons and have given the approximate timelines."  
Comments
balajed
9 months ago
Hello, 
I am 70 years' old resident of Kerala, retired since 2010. I am already a registered member with Moneylife foundation with the email id [email protected]

I invested a significant part of my retirement corpus in the stock market using the services of Karvy Stock Broking. Lately, I am stuck with the Karvy imbroglio with a total of 6 lakhs under the hammer. It's my hard-earned money which was kept for the use of me and my 60 years' old spouse. 

I had several communications with Karvy people, both over phone and email. All along, other than hollow assurances, I was left high and dry.

From an article which was released on hours ago by yourselves, I assume, all is not well with my investment and chances of getting it recouped from IPF is rather bleak. Till this minute, having been assured by anyone and everyone whom I discussed on this with, that my money would be safely returned, your article has come and hit me like a bolt from the blue.  (https://www.moneylife.in/article/karvy-default-nse-settles-claims-worth-rs2300-crore-of-235-lakh-investors-more-expected/62114.html). 

I am seeking your expert advice on how to proceed with this to resolve and get my money back. Please help and guide me. I shall ever be grateful for your assistance. I am not much of an IT freak. So going on online platforms are a bit of a concern.
Thanks and regards
prabharevankar
10 months ago
i have balance of Rs 2,40,000. i am not able to withdraw the amount. i complained to NSE (scores) 2 months back and it is not resolved.
rmmeyyappan1981
10 months ago
I have balance 24000...but not settled
m.prabhu.shankar
10 months ago
We need to prevent such frauds. Only way is do a detailed investigation. Take time. No issues. But once you finalise the list of culprits. Retrieve all their assets and properties so that their families end up begging on roads and then just hang them. This is the only way we can prevent such crimes from re-occuring. Our Union of India is very very big. We cannot detect and investigate all the crimes. So our focus should be on how to prevent crimes from occuring. So it should be ok for a crime to occur once. But the punishment that is given should deter others from even dreaming of doing such crimes. That's the only way to protect the common people who are powerless but straight forward in their lives.
djrish
10 months ago
Yet the shares lying in the pool account are not transferred to demat account, very very sad state of affairs by SEBI, more than a year yet no relief. They should be put behind bars. Yet karvy functions as Rta for most of the companies and mutual funds. Maybe waiting for another event and make small investors suffer
Gupta10
Replied to djrish comment 10 months ago
Karvy no longer exists. The entity still working as RTA has been renamed to KFintech to ride on the new flavor of the season called Fintech and to quietly bury the maligned 5 letter word in favour of just a K ! Won't be surprised to see an overpriced IPO from this "fintech" getting 100x oversubscribed sometime soon :-)
shetyerb
10 months ago
After the settlement is completed the Karvy management and owners should get a 7 year jail term.
rshankar63
Replied to shetyerb comment 9 months ago
Kill them
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