Sebi relies on Sahara order to nail StockGuru fraudsters
Besides, these entities would also have to refund the entire amount collected fraudulently from gullible investors, along with an interest of 15 per cent per annum, Sebi said in an order after investigating the case.
The order follows a Sebi probe into complaints received by it regarding one Lokeshwar Dev and his accomplice Priyanka Dev, both of whom used several aliases, fraudulently raising more than Rs 1,500 crore through sale of preference shares of
a company named SGI Research & Analysis Ltd.
Names used by them included Ulhas Prabhakar Khaire and Raksha J Urs, Siddharth Jay and Maya Siddharth Marathe, Dr Raj and Priya Zaveri, Dr Rakesh Kumar and Prachi Maheshwari.
A Sebi probe into the case found that the fraudsters had tricked the investors into putting in their money with a promise of 18 per cent dividend, although the real assured dividend was a minuscule 0.12 per cent.
Besides, the money might have mostly been collected in cash to avoid any regulatory glare, as SGI's bank account had entries for a total amount of just about Rs 44 lakh towards subscription of its shares by 162 persons.
However, this was enough for Sebi to enforce the norms that make any offer for subscription of shares or debentures to 50
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