SEBI To Come Out With Circular To Prevent Karvy-Like Incidents: Ajay Tyagi
SEBI Chairman Ajay Tyagi addresses a press conference in Mumbai. (Source: PTI)

SEBI To Come Out With Circular To Prevent Karvy-Like Incidents: Ajay Tyagi

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The Securities and Exchange Board of India will soon come out with circular to prevent incidents like the one involving Karvy Broking Services Ltd., Chairman Ajay Tyagi said after a SEBI board meeting in Mumbai on Monday.

The stockbroking firm had last year allegedly misused clients’ securities. Karvy has told the National Stock Exchange that it would pay fund shortfall of Rs 678 crore by March by selling a stake in a company, Tyagi said. "We will wait and see,” he added. As of Feb. 14, Tyagi said the total dues of KSBL stood at Rs 1,189 crore.

In November, SEBI barred Karvy from taking new brokerage clients after it was found that the brokerage firm had allegedly misused clients' securities to the tune of more than Rs 2,000 crore.

"Securities held by banks are Rs 511 crore, and the banks have no funds. The total shortfall in securities is Rs 183 crore, and funds are Rs 495 crore. So, the shortfall is Rs 678 crore," he noted. According to Tyagi, NSE is in correspondence with Karvy and has also issued them a notice.

"I have been told that Karvy has informed that they are in the process of selling a stake in one of their companies where the term sheet has also been agreed upon. They are claiming that they will clear all outstanding amounts by the end of March. The amount involved in selling that subsidiary is good enough to take care of fund requirements for clients and banks. We will just wait and see," Tyagi said.

Stressing that whatever action is required would be taken, he said the first thing is that investors' dues have to be returned in a timely manner. "First priority will be to return the funds and securities of investors. Whatever else needs to be done will be done," the SEBI chairman said. "First priority will be to return the funds and securities of investors. Whatever else needs to be done will be done.”

Tyagi, whose current three-year tenure is ending on March 31, said it has been quite a good experience at the helm. "Me and my team believed in a consultative approach, we did not have any regulatory capture, we worked in a transparent manner, we did things cautiously," he said.

SEBI is a vibrant organisation, Tyagi said, adding that there would always be challenges. "Enforcement needs further improvement, there are many things to be done," he said. Regarding extension of the deadline for listed companies to split posts of chairman and managing director, Tyagi said there were implementation issues.

Only 50 percent of the Top 500 companies had segregated chairman and managing director roles. Practicalities and implementation issues led to extending deadline, he added.

In January, SEBI deferred by two years till April 2022 its directive for companies to separate the roles of chairman and managing director in view of demand from corporates and to keep compliance costs lower amid a slowing economy.

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