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Supreme Court Upholds SEBI Probe In Adani-Hindenburg Case; Rejects Transfer To SIT

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered its verdict on the Adani-Hindenburg case. The apex court held that there was ‘no ground to transfer the investigation from the Securities and Exchange Board of India to SIT (Special Investigation Team)’.

The apex court announced its ruling, stating that no valid grounds were presented to challenge the amendment to the Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) and Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements (LODR) recommendations.

Additionally, the court directed the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to finalize the remaining two investigations within a three-month timeframe.

A bench consisting of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra issued the verdict. The petitions contended that the Adani Group, perceived to have close ties with the Modi government, inflated its share prices. Following the report from the short seller Hindenburg Research, the stock value of multiple group entities experienced a significant decline.

About the Adani-Hindenburg Controversy

The Adani-Hindenburg controversy emerged in January 2023 when Hindenburg Research published a report accusing the Adani Group of accounting fraud, stock price manipulation, and improper use of tax havens. This report triggered a significant stock market decline, wiping out nearly $150 billion in market value at its lowest point.

The Supreme Court of India had reserved judgment on a series of Public Interest Litigations (PILs) seeking a court-monitored investigation into these allegations. The court clarified that it cannot automatically accept Hindenburg’s claims as the “ipso facto true state of affairs” and directed the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to conduct an inquiry. The court mandated Sebi to conclude its investigation into all 24 cases and take appropriate legal action based on the recommendations of an expert committee.

Adani Group Companies shares

The shares of Adani Group companies on Wednesday saw a significant surge ahead of the Supreme Court verdict of the Adani Hindenburg controversy.

The shares of Adani Enterprises, surged 7.24 percent, reaching Rs 3,144.80 each around 10 am. Similarly, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone shares registered an uptick of 5.62 percent, trading at Rs 1,139 per share, positioning them as the top gainers on the Nifty50 index.

The shares of Adani Transmission jumped 15.77 percent, reaching Rs 1,230, nearing their 52-week high. Meanwhile, Adani Total Gas shares also climbed by 10 percent to Rs 1,100.95, and Adani Green Energy shares witnessed an 8.23 percent increase, trading at Rs 1,735.60. Adani Power shares recorded a percent increase, reaching Rs 544.50 per share, while Adani Wilmar gained 7.31 percent, trading at Rs 393.40.

Additionally, other companies under the Adani conglomerate, including NDTV, ACC, and Ambuja Cement, experienced positive movements, with NDTV rising by 10.21 percent to Rs 300, ACC shares showing a 2.64 percent increase, and Ambuja Cement gaining 3.13 percent.

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GT Mall Which Denied Entry To A Man Wearing Dhoti, Now Sealed For Defaulting On Rs 3.56 Crore Property Tax

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GT Mall Which Denied Entry To A Man Wearing Dhoti, Now Sealed For Defaulting On Rs 3.56 Crore Property Tax

The G.T. World Mall was closed on Thursday by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) due to outstanding property tax payments totaling Rs 3.56 crore. The mall has been in the spotlight since a elderly farmer was denied entry for wearing a dhoti on Tuesday evening.

The mall received a notice from the civic organization Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) directing them to settle the outstanding balance by July 31. Additionally, the city officials issued a warning, stating that if the payment is not received by the deadline, the mall will close even more.

Additionally, the mall’s trade license has been suspended.

A notice on the mall’s entrance stated, “Your trade license is suspended and your property is sealed for non-payment of arrears property tax, as per Section 156 of the BBMP Act 2020, read with a circular dated 06-12-2023.”

Nevertheless, the GT Mall management asserted that, in contrast to the Rs 3.56 crore indicated in the BBMP notice, two years’ worth of property tax, or Rs 1.78 crore, is due. The BBMP also asked mall management to explain why they wouldn’t let the elderly farmer in a dhoti enter the mall.

Dhoti incident at ‘GT Mall’

A video of an old man and his son pleading with GT Mall employees to let them into the shopping center surfaced on July 17. Even though they had reservations for a movie, they were reportedly refused entry because they were wearing dhotis.

Social media users have taken to criticizing and debating the viral video, with many demanding that the management of GT Mall be held accountable for their “disrespect” for the elderly man. On the matter, BJP opposition leaders criticized the Siddaramaiah administration.

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Bank Of Maharashtra Q1 Earnings: Total Business Rises To ₹4,700,000,000,000

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The Bank of Maharashtra’s Q1 earnings were reported on the exchange on July 15.

The bank reported their revenue at Rs 6768.76 crore in Q1 FY25, a 24.9 per cent jump from same quarter previous year, which was reported at Rs 5,417.87 crore. The net profit stood at Rs 1,293.68 in Q1 FY25, which saw a 46.5 per cent jump quarter-on-quarter. The same quarter of the previous year saw a net profit of Rs 882,49 crore.

Between Q1FY24 and Q1FY25, the bank’s total business increased by 13.43 per cent YoY to Rs 4.76 trillion. However, compared to the same quarter previous year, the bank’s total deposits increased by 9.43 per cent YoY to Rs 2.67 trillion.

Gross and net NPA

Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) decreased marginally during the quarter, from 1.88 percent to 1.85 percent, demonstrating the resilience of asset quality (QoQ). At Rs 3,873 crore, gross non-performing assets (NPAs) were as of the last quarter, down from Rs 3,833 crore.

The bank’s meager 0.20 percent net non-performing assets (NPAs) did not alter. Net non-performing assets (NPAs) came in at Rs 415 crore, which is the same as the Rs 409 crore collected in the previous quarter.

Net NPAs for the bank held steady at a pitiful 0.20 percent. Net NPAs were reported at Rs 415 crore, which is the same as the Rs 409 crore figure from the previous quarter.

Net interest margin

The bank recorded net interest income (NII) of Rs 2,799 crore for Q1 FY25, up 20 per cent YoY from Rs 2,340 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Share performance

The Bank of maharashtra’s share was trading around Rs 68.95 per share on Indian bourses, 5.95 per cent jump from the opening of The counter which opened at Rs 65.94 per share today.

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Gold Price Jumps ₹400 To ₹75,050 Per 10 Grams On Jewellers’ Buying

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Gold price on Wednesday jumped by Rs 400 to Rs 75,050 per 10 grams in the national capital on the back of fresh buying from jewellers, according to the All India Sarafa Association.

The precious metal had closed at Rs 74,650 per 10 grams in the previous session.

However, silver prices remained flat at Rs 94,400 per kg.

In sarafa markets, the yellow metal was trading at Rs 75,050 per 10 grams, up by Rs 400 against the previous close, the association said.

Traders said gold prices saw an uptrend due to rise in domestic demand.

In the international markets, spot gold was trading higher at USD 2,380.50 per ounce, up USD 12.60 per ounce.

“Gold prices traded positively. The buying was driven by expectations of weak inflation numbers to be release on Thursday evening in US, which could prompt rate cuts by US Federal Reserve in the September meeting,” Jateen Trivedi, VP Research Analyst, Commodity and Currency at LKP Securities, said.

Additionally, silver prices was also up at USD 31.25 per ounce globally.

“Spot gold closed with a gain of around 0.20 per cent at USD 2,363 per ounce on Tuesday, as the Fed Chair Powell, in his testimony to the US Senate Banking Committee, offered largely a balanced view on the US economy and the Fed’s monetary policy,” Praveen Singh, Associate VP, Fundamental Currencies and Commodities at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, said.

In his testimony, Fed Chair Powell said that the inflation trend is encouraging; however, the US central bank will need more data to gain confidence in cutting rates.

He (Powell) cautioned that lowering interest rates too little or too late could put the economy and the labour market at risk as inflation is not the only risk the US economy faces now.

“The US Consumer Price Index (June) data will be released on Thursday, which is crucial as traders look for possibility of rate cuts in September,” Singh added.

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