Investors' complaints: Sebi fined 7 cos
As per the latest information available with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the regulator has imposed a total monetary penalty of Rs 21.35 lakh so far in 2012-13.
These penalties have been imposed against seven companies for failure to resolve investor grievances. The number of such companies in the current fiscal so far is higher than a total of five firms against whom penal action was taken by Sebi in the entire previous fiscal, 2011-12, and three in the year before.
However, the total penalty imposed in 2011-12 was higher at Rs 53.30 lakh and Rs 43 lakh in 2010-11. The total penalty in 2010-11 had declined by Rs 10 lakh after Securities Appellate Tribunal lowered the penalty on one company, Kaleidoscope Films Ltd (formerly known as Gujarat Investment Castings Ltd) from Rs 17 lakh to Rs seven lakh.
Sebi said it imposed these monetary penalties against the companies "through adjudication proceedings for their failure to redress investor grievances".
In the current fiscal, the regulator imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Earnest Healthcare this month. Prior to that, Sebi had imposed a fine of Rs five lakh against Gujarat Filaments and and Rs 10,000 on Gujarat Aqua Industries.
Earlier this fiscal, Sebi had slapped a penalty of Rs 75,000 on Raj Irrigation Pipes & Fittings, Rs two lakh on Satguru
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