HDFC Mutual Fund has settled a case with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). The fund house and HDFC Trustee Company paid a combined settlement amount of Rs 37.9 million. In April, Sebi had initiated adjudication proceedings against HDFC MF and HDFC Trustee Company for alleged violation of mutual fund regulations. Both the entities later submitted applications to settle the proceedings through the consent mechanism.
According to sources, some of the violations against HDFC MF included maturity of a security purchased by a scheme exceeding the maturity of the scheme; total expense ratio calculation for direct and regular plans being lower than the commission paid to the distributors in certain schemes; error in the valuation of unlisted equity shares of a company; delay in crediting excess charges and failure to publish net asset values (NAVs) of certain schemes.
The settlement was approved by Sebi’s high-powered committee in October and subsequently by a panel of whole-time members of Sebi in November.
HDFC MF came out with an initial public offering (IPO) in July.