NSE Colo Scam: Court Defers Order on Bail Pleas of Chitra Ramkrishna, Anand Subramanian
A special CBI (central bureau of investigation) court here on Monday deferred the verdict on the bail applications of former NSE  (National Stock Exchange) head Chitra Ramkrishna and former employee Anand Subramanian, who were arrested by the probe agency in connection with the NSE co-location case.
The special CBI judge of the Rouse Avenue court deferred the order for 12th May.
Both Ms Ramkrishna and Mr Subramanian, currently lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial custody, have been charge-sheeted under various Sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code).
The co-location (Colo) scam denotes how some of the brokers, who in the co-location facility offered by the NSE, could place their servers within the stock exchange premises giving them faster access to the markets, had in connivance with insiders abused the algorithm and the facility to make windfall profits.
The CBI is probing the matter since May 2018.
Recently, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had imposed a fine of Rs 3 crore on Ramkrishna, following the market regulator finding that she allegedly shared vital inputs about the NSE with a mysterious Himalayan yogi, including information on "organisational structure, dividend scenario, financial results, human resource policies and related issues, response to regulator".
On April 1, 2013, Ms Ramkrishna became the CEO and MD of NSE. She brought Mr Subramanian to the NSE as her advisor.
Mr Subramanian was made the chief strategic advisor of NSE. He served at this post between 2013 and 2015 before being made group operations officer (GOO) and Adviser to the MD between 2015 and 2016, despite having no exposure to the capital market.
Previously working as a mid-level manager in Balmer and Lawrie, he had seen his salary increase from Rs15 lakh to Rs1.68 crore annually, and then to Rs4.21 crore.
Mr Subramanian quit NSE in October 2016 and Ms Ramkrishna in December 2016.
The CBI swung into action in the case in 2018 and has been probing the matter since then.
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