A day after the capital market regulator barred brokerage firm Allegro Capital Pvt Ltd and its Chairman from the securities market for one year over insider trading in the shares of Biocon Ltd, the biopharmaceutical major’s Executive Chairperson, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Friday said that SEBI should act “rationally” in terms of judgement in matters of alleged insider trading.
She questioned the basis for relating the Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation to Biocon in the judgement.
“SEBI bars Allegro Capital, its CEO over insider trading in Biocon shares – Crazy logic. What does MSMF have to do with Biocon? The officer concerned needs to explain her convoluted hypothesis. SEBI needs to act rationally in insider trading judgements,” Shaw said in a tweet.
The SEBI, in its order on Thursday, had said that Allegro Capital Chairman and CEO Kunal Ashok Kashyap, by virtue of his directorship in Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation and his majority shareholding in the trading member Allegro Capital which was used by the officers of the company, was allegedly in a position where he was in regular touch with the officers of the company.
A SEBI order said that in 2018, Biocon had made an announcement of an “exclusive global collaboration” with Sandoz on “NextGeneration Biosimilars” and the capital market regulator observed that after the public announcement was made, the scrip witnessed rise of 5.6 per cent in the closing price on the next day post the announcement.
It initiated an investigation to ascertain whether certain persons or entities have traded in the scrip of Biocon while they were in possession of unpublished price sensitive information and were, thus, in violation of norms to prohibit insider norms.
As per the allegations, Allegro Capital was in a temporary business relationship with Biocon and consequent to the same, Kashyap was in frequent communication with the officers of the company.
The SEBI probe found that the noticees have made wrongful notional gains of over Rs 24.68 lakh, and has directed both the brokerage and its Chairman and CEO Kashyap to jointly disgorge the amount.
The market regulator has also imposed a penalty of Rs 10 lakh each on the investment advisory firm and its head.
Maha has maximum GST dues pending with Centre, Congress says ‘stepmom treatment’
Maharashtra, which contributes the highest to the Centre’s GST kitty, has the maximum amount outstanding for the past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, a RTI reply has revealed.
The revelations came in response to a RTI query filed by activist Binod Agarwal from the Ministry of Finance, Under Secretary (State Taxes-II) and CPIO Mahendra Nath.
State Congress General Secretary Sachin Sawant said that the RTI reply has confirmed what the Maha Vikas Aghadi government has been saying always – that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre is adopting a “step-motherly treatment” towards Maharashtra.
According to the RTI response, of the total GST compensation of Rs 277,752 crore due to states from April 2020-March 2021, Maharashtra’s share was the highest at Rs 40,398 crore.
From this amount, Rs 21,697.65 crore was released from cess proceeds and another Rs 11,977 crore, leaving an outstanding balance of Rs 6,723 crore to the state.
Similarly, for the period April 2021-July 2021, of the total GST compensation of Rs 111,419 crore due to states, Maharashtra accounted for Rs 15,060 crore, the highest.
From this amount, Rs 13,782.36 crore was by way of back to back loan, and Rs 1,278 crore is still outstanding to the state.
In fact, from April 2019 till November 2021, Maharashtra’s dues were Rs 50,374.68 crore, of which it received Rs 11,111.15 crore and Rs 13,782.30 crore as back to back loan, leaving a shortfall of Rs 25,481.23 crore.
In the past couple of years, the MVA government has been continuously pleading with the Centre to release its GST dues and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had shot off a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the same in December 2019, a month after assuming office.
Thackeray met the PM in June to raise the issue along with other pending matters and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Congress have also raised the matter with the Centre on several occasions.
The ruling Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress leaders, including NCP President Sharad Pawar, have demanded on several occasions that the Centre should expedite the release of the state’s GST dues to help it tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and other issues effectively.
In September 2020, Thackeray had slammed the Centre for not giving its GST dues and forcing the state to take loans, and a month later demanded that if the GST system has failed “then the Centre should it” and revert back to the old system.
Diesel, petrol prices unchanged since early November
Oil marketing companies have continued to keep prices of diesel and petrol unchanged across major Indian cities post revision of duties by the Centre and state governments on the Diwali eve in early November.
Accordingly, diesel and petrol prices in Delhi remained static at Rs 86.67 per litre and Rs 103.97 per litre, respectively on Monday.
In the financial capital Mumbai, they were priced at Rs 94.14 and Rs 109.98, respectively.
Prices also remained static in Kolkata at Rs 89.79 and Rs 104.67, respectively.
In Chennai, petrol and diesel rates remained at Rs 91.43 and Rs 101.40, respectively.
Across the country as well, the price of the fuel largely remained unchanged on Sunday but the retail rates varied depending on the level of local taxes.
The excise duty cut by the Centre on November 3 was the first such exercise since the onset of Covid pandemic.
In fact, the government had revised excise duty on petrol and diesel sharply in March and again in May 2020 to mobilise additional resources for the Covid relief measures.
Equity indices fall marginally in early trade
The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) declined marginally on early trade session on Monday.
At 9.45 a.m. the S&P BSE Sensex traded at 57,044 points, down 0.13 per cent.
It opened at 57,028 points from the previous close of 57,107 points.
Till now it touched a low of 56,382 points.
Besides, the broader 50-scrip Nifty at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 17,338 points after closing at 17,026 on Friday.
It traded at 16,985 points, down 0.21 per cent during the early-morning trade session.
Adani Green, Adani Transmission, Adani Ports, Bandhan Bank and General Insurance were some of the top losers.
On the contrary, Reliance Industries, Indusind Bank and Dr. Reddy’s Labs were the top gainers in early trade.
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