FM P Chidambaram washes hands of Jignesh Shah in NSEL scam

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 9 2014, 01:21am hrs
P ChidambaramFinancial Technologies, NSEL under "careful" watch of regulators: P Chidambaram. (Reuters)
Asked about the arrest of Financial Technologies India Ltd (FTIL) Chairman Jignesh Shah in the Rs 5,600-crore NSEL scam, FM P Chidambaram today said it was the decision of the investigating agency.

"The government has no say in the matter," he added.

The arrest came seven months after an FIR was registered by the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai police against Shah, promoter-director of the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL), and others on charges of cheating, forgery, breach of trust and criminal conspiracy to make quick profit.

The minister said Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX) and MCX Stock Exchange, which had been set up by Financial Technologies, are under the "careful" watch of regulators Forward Markets Commission and the Securities and Exchange Board of India, respectively.

"The government does not directly supervise and regulate them. It is done through the statutory regulators," he said.