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SC dismisses Sebi's appeal against SAT order: PNB Housing Finance

PNB Housing Finance stock was trading at Rs 520.60 apiece on BSE, down 4.99 per cent from previous close

Supreme Court | SEBI | PNB Housing Finance

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


on Thursday said that the has dismissed as "infructuous" the appeal filed by capital markets regulator against the Securities Appellate Tribunal's order in a matter related to its Rs 4,000-crore equity capital raise plan.

Last week, said that its board of directors have taken the decision to "not proceed with the preferential issue and terminate the share subscription agreements" with the proposed allottees.

Consequently, the appeal of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) before the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) filed in June also became infructuous.

"Accordingly, the company has filed an application dated October 19, 2021 before SAT, seeking permission to withdraw the appeal," said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

Further, the appeal by before the was listed for hearing on October 20, 2021.

"In view of the developments stated above, the SC dismissed the appeal filed by stating that the appeal has become infructuous due to subsequent developments," the company said in the regulatory filing.

On October 14, PNB Housing Finance informed about scrapping the Rs 4,000-crore share-sale plan to US-based private equity firm Carlyle Group and others.

The deal announced in May-end, soon got mired into legal hurdles on matters related to valuation of shares on the offer.

Sebi approached the last month against the SAT order in the matter as the Tribunal gave a split verdict.

Under the proposed deal, Pluto Investments S.a.r.l., a subsidiary of Carlyle, and Salisbury Investments Pvt Ltd were to acquire an equity stake in PNB Housing Finance.

The promoter Punjab National Bank holds a little over 32 per cent stake in PNB Housing Finance. Quality Investment Holdings (QIH), a unit of Carlyle Group, currently holds 32.15 per cent in PNB Housing Finance.

Salisbury is a non-banking finance company primarily engaged in the business of making investments in financial securities. It is a family investment vehicle of Aditya Puri, senior advisor for Carlyle in Asia and the former CEO and MD of HDFC Bank.

PNB Housing Finance stock was trading at Rs 520.60 apiece on BSE, down 4.99 per cent from previous close.

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First Published: Thu, October 21 2021. 13:49 IST