No protection to Financial Technologies, Jignesh Shah from Bombay High Court now

Jan 08 2014, 19:01 IST
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'Financial technologies' Jignesh Shah was practically the highest beneficiary of the fraud perpetrated at the NSEL Exchange.' Express 'Financial technologies' Jignesh Shah was practically the highest beneficiary of the fraud perpetrated at the NSEL Exchange.' Express
Summary'Financial Technologies' Jignesh Shah highest beneficiary of the fraud perpetrated at the NSEL Exchange.'

Financial Technologies is not 'fit and proper' to hold anything more than 2 per cent shareholding in MCX from the existing 26 per cent.

The petition also asked for interim relief to the extent of granting a stay on the FMC order until the matter is finally decided by the HC.

In its 80-page order, the FMC, which went into the running of NSEL following payment defaults of Rs 5,500 crore to investors, said that Shah was "practically the highest beneficiary of the fraud perpetrated at the NSEL Exchange."

FMC said, "Jignesh P Shah is not a 'fit and proper' person to hold any position in the management and the Board of any Exchange recognised or registered by the government of India/Forward Markets Commission under FCRA, 1952."

FMC had directed that neither Shah individually, nor though any company/entity controlled by him, either directly or indirectly, should hold any shares in any association/ exchange in excess of the threshold limit of the total paid-up equity capital as prescribed under FMC guidelines.

Other petitioners are Joseph Massey and Shreekant Javalgekar, former directors of MCX, against whom also FMC held that they were not fit to hold any position in the management and the Board of any Exchange.

Shah founded MCX in November 2003 and then went on to set up a stock exchange this year. He is the chairman of Financial Technologies, which owns and runs National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL), currently hit by a scam.

Shah, on October 9, quit as vice-chairman and shareholder director of MCX-SX, the third major stock exchange in the country. Few weeks later, he also resigned as vice chairman of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX).

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