FMC asks Multi Commodity Exchange to explain PwC's findings

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 22 2014, 16:37pm hrs
MCXFMC has sought detailed comments from the Multi Commodity Exchange on the findings of PwC on alleged violations of its books.
The Forward Markets Commission (FMC) has sought detailed comments from the Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX) on the findings of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on alleged violations of its books.

In its interim report PwC has indicated that MCX has violated several provisions of the Companies Act and Sebi guidelines.

While the revelations have triggered a multi-agency probe into the affairs of the exchange, it also implies that MCX may find itself subjected to further legal proceedings.

According to a report furnished to the FMC, several irregularities in the functioning have been found in the operations of MCX, which allegedly include huge payments without backing of proper vouchers and related party transactions.

While FMC, which is overseen by the finance ministry, has asked the MCX to furnish its comments on the findings of the report, it is learnt that Sebi and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs would investigate alleged violations of the Companies Act and market regulators guidelines as pointed out by PwC.

FMC is learnt to have written to Sebi, indicating alleged violations of listing agreement provisions and disclosure norms in the run up to the bourses initial public offering, in 2012.

MCXs new management is studying the report and is likely to offer its comments to FMC within a fortnight. PwCs forensic audit pertains to before the NSEL payment crisis broke out.

The bourse was then run by a board which included Financial Technologies (India)(FTIL) promoter Jignesh Shah, former MCX Stock Exchange chief Joseph Massey and Shreekant Javalgekar.

The trio was subsequently declared misfit to run the exchange. FMC has ordered the reduction in FTIL stake to less than 2 per cent in MCX from the current level of 26 per cent.

The FMC is considering introducing modifications in the corporate governance norms and examining the shareholding guidelines to make them transparent and strong. According to the commissions chairman Ramesh Abhishek, the commodity markets regulator is examining the shareholding pattern of exchanges and the role of the anchor investor.