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Madras High Court doesn’t permit Wadhawans to sell its assets: 63 moons

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63 moons technologies have said the Wadhawans are restrained from selling or alienating or encumbering even an inch of their assets as per the directions of the Madras High Court.

The company has urged the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) to arrest Kapil Wadhawan, the jailed promoter of crisis-hit mortgage lender DHFL, for offering his personal and family properties worth over Rs 43,000 crore as repayment of outstanding to the Reserve Bank of India.

“Since DHFL promoters’ assets are already attached by investigative agencies and there is an injunction regarding the same by the Madras High Court, this offer is shocking to say the least,” 63 moons stated.

Notably, DHFL promoter Kapil Wadhwan, accused of siphoning off thousands of crores of public money for personal gains, has made a surreptitious settlement offer to the RBI administrator, to settle the claims by transferring his rights, title and interest in at least ten projects that he claims are valued at Rs 43,879 crore.

A report of Grant Thornton, commissioned by the Resolution Professional of DHFL, contains findings of siphoning of Rs 20,000 crore of lenders’ money to the promoters of DHFL and to entities owned or controlled by them.

In view of these serious issues, 63 moons said, the immediate arrest and custodial interrogation of Kapil Wadhwan under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act by the ED and SFIO will help verify these facts as also to unravel the source and colour of the huge funds and assets he claims to possess and has offered towards the so-called settlement of corporate liability.

The very fact that Kapil Wadhwan has now declared such huge assets when, in fact, he has never disclosed previously any of this personal wealth, points to the fact that he has, in all probability, siphoned off this huge amount from DHFL and laundered it by projecting it as his or his family’s property.

While he is enlarged on bail in the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) investigation, 63 moons said, all agencies, including the EOW, the ED and the SFIO need to get to the bottom of his financial dealings and reveal from where he has mopped up such a huge amount and assets! This cannot happen unless he is arrested and interrogated in custody.

With Kapil Wadhwan making the settlement offer publicly, 63 moons asked him to explain the source of funds to the EOW, the ED and the SFIO. Describing it as a matter of huge concern for those who have lost their monies, it noted that out of the reported claims of Rs 94,900 crore, lenders may face a haircut of Rs 65,000 crore since no bidder has offered more than Rs 20,000 crore to acquire the crisis-hit DHFL under the IBC.

Every investor, creditor and lender of DHFL therefore has right to know, if the Wadhawans have moved attached DHFL properties into their personal names or if they have earlier refrained from disclosing certain high value assets to the law enforcement agencies and the judiciary for which custodial interrogation by the ED and the SFIO is a must, according to 63 moons.

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Risk premium for Basel III instruments to increase: ICRA

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The risk premium for Basel III security instruments is expected to increase for weaker banks with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday asking Lakshmi Vilas Bank to write down Rs 318.20 crore of its Tier 2 bonds, said a senior official of credit rating agency ICRA Ltd.

“RBI has set a precedence with the proposed write off as it first time a Tier II bond is being written off. Investors should factor in the risk in Basel III instruments as these instruments can be completely written off in case the bank gets into trouble,” Anil Gupta Sector Head – Financial Sector Ratings, ICRA said.

“We expect the risk premiums for such instruments to increase for weaker private banks to increase, given this event,” Gupta added.

The RBI wrote to LVB’s Administrator on Thursday to write down Rs 318.20 crore worth of Unsecured Non-convertible Redeemable Fully Paid-up Basel III compliant Tier-2 Bonds before the scheme of amalgamation comes into effect on November 27.

The LVB had raised the money through Basel III Tier 2 bonds in three tranches.

The RBI cited the Information Memorandums of respective Basel III Tier 2 bonds issued by the LVB while communicating its decision to the LVB.

“If the relevant authorities decide to reconstitute the Bank or amalgamate the Bank with any other bank under Section 45 of the BR Act (Banking Regulation Act), such a bank shall be deemed as non-viable or approaching non-viability and both the pre-specified trigger and the trigger at the point of non-viability for write-down of the Bonds shall be activated. Accordingly, the Bonds shall be written-off before amalgamation/reconstitution in accordance with applicable rules,” the RBI told T.N. Manoharan, Administrator of the LVB.

According to the RBI, as Section 45 of the Banking Regulation Act has been invoked and the amalgamation scheme has been notified, the LVB is deemed to be non-viable or approaching non-viability and accordingly, the triggers for a write-down of Basel III Tier 2 bonds issued by the bank has been triggered.

“In light of the above provisions, such Basel III Tier 2 bonds would need to be fully written down before the amalgamation of the bank comes into effect,” RBI said in its letter.

According to LVB, it also has Series VII Option B bonds (Unsecured Redeemable Non-Convertible Subordinated Lower Tier II bonds) amounting to Rs 50.50 crore.

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Equity indices trade flat; banking, finance stocks subdued

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The key Indian equity indices traded on a flat-to-negative note on Friday morning.

Subdued trade was witnessed in banking and finance stocks. However, healthy buying was seen in auto, healthcare and consumer durables stocks.

Around 10.30 a.m., Sensex was trading at 44,200.14, lower by 59.60 points or 0.13 per cent from its previous close of 44,259.74.

It opened at 44,325.03 and has touched an intra-day high of 44,407.28 and a low of 44,106.62 points.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was trading at 12,981.40, lower by 5.60 points or 0.04 per cent from its previous close.

Manish Hathiramani, technical analyst with Deen Dayal Investments said: “The resistance level for the Nifty is at 13,050 and if we can cross that, we could head to 13,200 by next week.”

“A strong support lies at 12800 and thereafter at 12,500. It is only post the breaking of 12500 that we would consider a short term correction. Until then, the trend remains bullish with a strong upside momentum,” he added.

Among the Sensex stocks, Bajaj Auto, NTPC and Bajaj Finance were the top gainers so far, while Power Grid Corporation, TCS and State Bank of India were the major losers.

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Petrol and diesel price move up by a higher margin

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Petrol and diesel rates rose sharply on Friday as global oil prices remained firm reaching its highest levels this fiscal.

Petrol price increased by 19 paise per litre to Rs 81.89 per litre on Friday from Rs 81.70 per litre on the previous day.

Diesel price, on the other hand, increased by a higher margin of 24 paise to Rs 71.86 a litre, up from Rs 71.62 a litre on the previous day.

Oil companies began increasing pump prices of the two petroleum products from last Friday after a nearly two-month-long hiatus in the fuel price revision. The prices increased for five consecutive days before going for a day’s pause on Wednesday. It has risen on both days thereafter.

In five days, petrol price has gone up by 53 paise and diesel rate has risen by 95 paise per litre. With Friday’s increase, petrol price has now risen by 83 paise per litre and diesel by Rs 1.40 a litre since last Friday.

Petrol price had been static since September 22, and diesel rate hadn’t changed since October 2.

Though the retail pricing of petrol and diesel has been deregulated and oil marketing companies were following a daily price revision formula, the same was suspended for almost two months to prevent the volatility in the international oil markets from impacting the fuel prices regularly during the pandemic.

But with crude on the boil again on the news of a successful coronavirus vaccine launch soon, the patience was lost by the OMCs who finally resorted to the price increase to cover for their under recovery on the sale of two petroleum products.

The benchmark Brent crude has crossed $48 a barrel on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). It has remained over $ 43 a barrel for most part of November.

OMCs need almost 40 paise per litre increase in the retail price of petrol and diesel to cover for $ 1 increase in crude. Going by this yardstick, the product prices would have to be increased by up to Rs 2 per litre to cover the under recovery on its sale.

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