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SEBI fines Sunciti Rs 2 cr for disclosure norm violations

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on December 30, 2015

Capital markets watchdog SEBI on Wednesday imposed a penalty of Rs 2 crore on Sunciti Financial Services for failing to make disclosures regarding a change in its shareholding within the required timeline.

Sunciti, one of the promoters of Maharashtra Polybutenes, held 42.24 per cent stake as on February 16, 2009. It pared its holding to 35.82 per cent on February 17 of the same year and again to 29.41 per cent on August 17, 2009.

Sunciti was required to make a disclosure about this change in shareholding on both occasions within two days of such modifications.

According to SEBI, Sunciti had wrongly made the disclosure in Form D, but not in Form C as prescribed under Prohibition of Insider Trading regulations. The disclosure did not contain necessary details such as PAN number, shareholding prior to acquisition/sale as required in the Form C.

“Thus, the disclosure by the noticee (Sunciti) sans the important information as required under Form C was not in compliance with... PIT regulations and can be considered as no disclosure in the eye of the law. It misses out on important parameters,” SEBI said in an order.

“The noticee has admitted that the disclosure was not in terms of the prescribed regulations. Hence, it has to be treated as a case of ‘no disclosure’ for the aforesaid reasons,” it added.

“By failure to make disclosures, the investors were deprived of the correct information at the relevant point of time. The default by the noticee is repetitive in nature as it is on two occasions.”

Published on December 30, 2015
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