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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Govt okays regulatory body to curb Saradhas

Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 01, 2013
First Published: 00:51 IST(1/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:29 IST(1/5/2013)

Union finance minister P Chidambaram approved the setting up of a permanent body on Tuesday signalling a strong intent to curb irregularities in the backdrop of multi level marketing Ponzi scam involving Saradha Realty Group.

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The top operating level body  will be headed by additional secretary, banking and financial services, to monitor illegalities.

The body will include joint secretary level officers from the corporate affairs ministry, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Reserve Bank of India, Serious Fraud Investigation Office among others. Banking and financial services secretary Rajiv Takru confirmed it.

A top level source told HT that the body will be the topmost platform at the operational level for free exchange of information on financial illegalities and for taking steps against them. “It will also prevent government departments, agencies and the regulators from working at cross purposes which the finance ministry feels is happening on a considerable scale.”

Regulators, for some time, had been pressing for a mechanism to preempt fraudulent schemes before they take to duping the gullible public.

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