Tribunal to hear DLF's plea against Sebi order
The Securities Appellate Tribunal will hear on Wednesday realty giant DLF's appeal against the Sebi order that barred the company and six top executives from accessing capital market for three years.business Updated: Oct 22, 2014 07:58 IST
The Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) will hear on Wednesday realty giant DLF's appeal against the Sebi order that barred the company and six top executives from accessing capital market for three years.
In a major blow to DLF, the order had been passed by Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for "active and deliberate suppression" of material information at the time of its IPO over seven years ago.
DLF's initial public offer in 2007 had fetched Rs 9,187 crore -- the biggest IPO in the country at that time.
DLF had informed the BSE that the company has filed an appeal before SAT challenging the Sebi order and the appeal would be heard by SAT on Wednesday.
While the regulator did not impose any monetary penalty, the prohibition has barred DLF and the six persons, from any sale, purchase or any other dealings in securities markets for a period of three years, including for raising funds.
This was one of the rare orders by Sebi where it barred a blue-chip firm and its top promoter/executives from market.
DLF had debt of over Rs 19,000 crore as on June 30, 2014, while its already-proposed fund raising plans include Rs 3,500 crore through issue of certain bonds to replace costlier debt.
It has annual turnover of nearly Rs 10,000 crore.
In his 43-page order, Sebi's whole-time member Rajeev Agarwal had said the violations are grave and have larger implications on safety and integrity of the securities market.
Besides KP Singh, those barred from the markets include his son Rajiv Singh (vice chairman), daughter Pia Singh (whole time director), managing director TC Goyal, former CFO Ramesh Sanka and Kameshwar Swarup, who was ED-Legal at the time of the company's public offer in 2007.
On October 13, DLF had said it has not violated any laws and it would defend its position against any adverse findings in the Sebi order. "DLF has full faith in the judicial process and is confident of vindication of its stand in the near future," the statement had said.
After its over four-year-long probe, Sebi found that a "case of active and deliberate suppression of any material information so as to mislead and defraud the investors in the securities market in connection with the issue of shares of DLF in its IPO is clearly made out in this case".