SEBI imposes Rs. 1 Crore penalty on Falcon Tyres and its four senior officials.
Market regulator Sebi on Monday imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Falcon Tyres and four senior officials, including Pawan Kumar Ruia, for not complying with insider trading regulations.
Other than Falcon Tyres and Ruia, who was the Chairman and Promoter Director of the firm during the investigation period from June to September 2009, the penalty has been imposed on the firm’s Executive Director Sunil Bhansali, Non-Executive Director S Ravi and Company Secretary cum Compliance Officer M C Bhansali.
These senior officials, who were holding these positions during the investigation period, were required to frame a clear code of conduct under PIT regulations to prevent insider trading and misuse of the price sensitive information.
However, Sebi found that Falcon Tyres has been continuing with an ambiguous code since 2008, which undermined this very spirit that the model code intended to serve.
In fact, Sebi said that code of conduct approved by the board of Falcon Tyres in December, 2008 “left ample scope for misuse of price sensitive information”, was detrimental to the interest of the shareholders of the company and general public and “ambiguous”.
After finding that the five entities had violated PIT (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, Sebi has imposed a fine totalling Rs 1 crore on them.
Earlier in 2014, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had imposed the penalty of Rs 1 crore on these five entities. Following Sebi’s order, they approached Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT), which last year set aside the market regulator’s 2014 ruling and ordered a fresh probe.