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Sebi pulls up BSE for lapses in NMDC’s 2012 OFS issue

Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India has censured BSE with respect to lapses in the Rs 6000-crore NMDC offer-for-sale that took place in 2012.

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Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India has censured BSE with respect to lapses in the Rs 6000-crore NMDC offer-for-sale that took place in 2012.

In an order today, SEBI asked the stock exchange to conduct independent review for remedial steps for lapses that had occured during NMDC’s OFS and advised it to conduct a detailed probe into confirmation of bids by Citibank NA.

In December 2012, SEBI sought an explanation from  BSE for accepting bids for four crore shares after the cut-off time for trading was over.

Since SEBI found that the confirmation of bids for NMDC’s 4.55 crore shares, worth Rs 682 crore received from Citibank with available funds was clearly not concluded within the stipulated time of half an hour after post close session.

In its order now, SEBI has found BSE guilty and has asked it to engage one or more independent consultants to review the entire sequence of events in the matter, the processes followed, checks in place, systems employed while accepting the OFS bids by BSE.

The exchange would also need to inform SEBI within further three months as to how the recommendations of the consultants, along with the regulator’s directions have been implemented.

BSE shall then fix the responsibility internally, both in terms of processes and personnel, and take appropriate action.

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