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Suspected shell cos:Sebi for forensic audit of IRIS Mediaworks

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Capital markets regulator has ordered a forensic audit of IRIS Mediaworks Ltd, which figures among 331 suspected shell companies under the regulatory scanner.

The regulator, last week, had ordered forensic audit of three other such companies -- Hit Kit Global Solutions, Kavit Industries and -- while revoking trading curbs on their

In an order dated September 12, the Securities and Exchange Board of (Sebi) said detailed examination and forensic audit need to be undertaken to unearth the entire extent of violations in IRIS Mediaworks Ltd (IML).

"The exchange (BSE) shall appoint an independent auditor to conduct forensic audit of IML for verification, including the credentials/financials of IML," the regulator said.

Pending audit, said trading in securities of IML would be reverted to the XT group of with applicable price band in trade to trade category.

Besides, the company's promoters and directors have been permitted only to buy the securities of IML. The held by the promoters and directors in IML will not be allowed to be transferred for sale by depositories.

"In view of the prima facie observations on the misrepresentation by the company and misusing of books/funds, the persons who are in control of the company and the directors... Are prima facie liable for action by and should not be permitted to exit the company at the cost of innocent shareholders," Sebi said.

These directions will take effect immediately and be in force until further orders.

IRIS Mediaworks is among the firms against whom Sebi initiated action on August 7 by ordering trading restrictions, following receipt of a list of 331 "suspected shell companies" from the government.

Continuing with its probe, Sebi has now passed interim directions in the case of four firms while more such orders are expected for several others.

Sebi received the list from the government on June 9, in which it was asked to initiate necessary action under its regulations. The regulator found that the firms identified as shell companies were potentially involved in misrepresentation, including of their financials and business, in violation of listing regulations.

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 21:22 IST