HC wants RIL as a party in Sebi-CIC tiff
An SC bench comprising Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AA Sayed observed that since the matter relates to a regulatory probe on RIL, the company should be given a chance to present its case. “We might not ultimately accept what RIL says, but we need to hear what they say,” said Justice Chadrachud, while posting the matter to December 19.
The capital market regulator has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against an order passed by chief information commissioner Satyananda Mishra directing Sebi to disclose the names of entities involved in the RIL insider trading matter wherein the company is alleged to have made unlawful gains of around R500 crore.
The CIC order came following an RTI application filed by Agrawal. Interestingly, Sebi has questioned the rationale of ‘public interest’ in the CIC order, saying that the information sought by Agrawal is related to an individual company and it is not clear what public interest will be served by such disclosures.
“The appellant (Agrawal) under the guise of RTI is making a roving fishing enquiry... (The CIC) must demonstrate in its order that it is in public interest... It must give reasons,” said senior advocate Jamshed Cama, appearing on behalf of Sebi. He
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