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NDTV promoters to appeal against SEBI order

PTI New Delhi | Updated on December 25, 2020

Market regulator had imposed a ₹27-cr fine on firm for alleged non-disclosure of loan pacts

NDTV promoters, Prannoy and Radhika Roy, and promoter group company RRPR Holding Pvt Ltd will appeal against the SEBI order that imposed a total fine of ₹27 crore on them for alleged non-disclosure of certain loan agreements.

On Thursday, SEBI imposed the fine on them for violation of various securities norms by concealing information from shareholders about certain loan agreements.

According to SEBI, certain loan agreements had clauses that have adversarial effect on NDTV shareholders.

In a filing to the stock exchanges on Thursday, the company said Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy, founders and promoters of NDTV, and promoter group company RRPR Holding Pvt Ltd have repeatedly said that they have never directly or indirectly, through any transactions or agreements, allowed for a transfer of control of NDTV.

They continue to own and hold 61.45 per cent of the total paid up share capital of NDTV, the filing said.

Referring to SEBI’s order passed on Thursday, the filing said the promoters and the promoter group company will “urgently appeal” against the order.

Non-disclosure of pacts

The order is based on alleged non-disclosure of loan agreements entered into in 2008-2010 by the founders and the promoter group company with Vishvapradhan Commercial Pvt Ltd and ICICI Bank Ltd.

“The core issue of the alleged surrender of control is pending adjudication at the Securities Appellate Tribunal, which, in 2019, granted a stay in favour of the founders of NDTV, which is still in operation,” the filing said.

Published on December 25, 2020

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