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Sebi slaps Rs 30-lakh fine on 3 entities for fraudulent trade in stock options

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Markets regulator Sebi Friday slapped a fine totalling Rs 30 lakh on three entities for executing fraudulent trades, which created artificial volume in the illiquid stock option segment on the BSE.

Sebi in April 2018 announced to take action in a phased manner against 14,720 entities for fraudulent trades in the illiquid stock options segment and passed several orders in the past few weeks against such entities.

The regulator conducted a probe between April 2014 and September 2015 into the trading activities of certain entities in illiquid stock options on the BSE after observing large-scale reversal of trades.

During the investigation, Sebi found that over 81 per cent of all the trades executed in the BSE's stock options segment were 'non-genuine' trades.

The entities -- Prompt Commodities, and -- were among the various entities that were indulged in execution of non-genuine trades in the stock options as they executed reversal of trades with same entities on the same day.

"It is established that the noticee by indulging in reversal trades on the stock exchange platform which are manipulative/ unfair/ fraudulent/ non-genuine, in nature, had created artificial volumes in the contracts...I conclude that the noticee had violated the provisions of...PFUTP Regulations," Sebi said in three similarly-worded orders.

By engaging in such trades, these entities violated provisions of the PFUTP (Prohibition of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices) Regulations.

Accordingly, the (Sebi) has levied a fine of Rs 15 lakh on Prompt Commodities, Rs 10 lakh on and Rs 5 lakh on one

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 21:45 IST