Sebi accepts Kasats consent terms

Written by Markets Bureau | Mumbai, Apr 22 | Updated: Apr 24 2008, 05:04am hrs
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has settled the case of front running involving Rajeev Kasat, dealer, UTI Securities in the matter of Ballarpur Industries Ltd (Bilt). The Sebi consent order in the instant matter was passed by TC Nair, whole time member (WTM), Sebi and CB Bhave, chairman. Sebi settled the case as recommended by the high-powered advisory committee (HPAC). Kasat had filed an application with Sebi without admitting or denying any charge and proposed to offer Rs 1 lakh towards the consent terms in the matter.

The consent terms proposed by Kasat were placed before the HPAC and after deliberation, it had recommended the case for settlement on the consent terms as proposed by Kasat. However, passing of this order is without prejudice to the right of Sebi to take enforcement action against the applicant (Kasat,) if it finds that any representations made by the applicant in the consent proceedings are subsequently discovered to be untrue, the Sebi order said.

Sebi conducted an investigation into the matter of irregularity in the trading in the Bilt stock, wherein it was observed that Kasat was seen to be passing on information to certain individuals, regarding the impending large sales to be carried out by an institutional client. These individuals, in turn, short sold the stock in large quantities prior to the large sale orders and bought them subsequently at lower prices.

It was alleged that Kasat had indulged in customised front running and had thereby violated the various provisions of Sebi (FUTP) Regulations. Following the preliminary investigations and pending detailed investigations, Sebi passed an interim order in October 2007 against Kasat and directed him not to buy, sell or deal in securities, directly of indirectly, till further directions in this regard.