Sebi sets 1-year to complete probes

Sebi sets 1-year to complete probes

In a major overhaul of its functioning, capital markets watchdog Sebi (Securities Exchange Board of India) has fixed one-year target for completion of all its investigations, while sharply focusing on cases involving bigger offences.

Under the new system put in place, as per recommendations of an independent consultant, this 12-month target would apply to all the cases where an investigation has been initiated this year onwards, Sebi Chairman U K Sinha said. At the same time, the Securities and Exchange Board of India has expedited its probe into all long-pending cases and their numbers have been brought down drastically. 

“There are 221 investigations pending with Sebi right now. Out of these, there are only 20 cases that are more than three-year old and 86 cases are of one year or less,” Sinha said.The Sebi chief also gave a stern warning to those indulging in bigger offences, saying that such cases were being dealt with extra focus and most of the smaller offences were being prevented very effectively by a robust surveillance system put in place at the regulatory authority.

At the same time, the surveillance mechanism is also ensuring a continuous pipeline of cases for further follow-ups including by way of investigations, Sinha said.

Expressing confidence that the new target would be achieved, the Sebi chief said that the regulator began working on this new system nearly two years ago.

Sinha said Sebi is already moving in that direction and the number of cases that are more than three years have come down drastically.

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