Government wants Sebi to expand probe to entire IndiGo board members

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New Delhi: The government wants market regulator Sebi to probe role of all board members and every entity associated with the two main promoter groups of InterGlobe Aviation and take strict action for all wrongdoings, officials said.

There are indications about violations of corporate governance, fair market trade and insider trading rules and the regulator needs to probe role of each and every entity associated with all board members and promoter-linked entities, according to the officials.

The stock exchanges would collate data for all suspicious trades over the past one year, especially of those associated with all board members, including independent directors, and by entities directly or indirectly associated with the two warring promoter groups, officials added.

Sebi had launched a probe a few months ago into suspicious insider trade violations in connection with trading in shares of InterGlobe Aviation. This probe has been expanded now to include alleged violation of corporate governance, disclosure regulations and insider trading rules at a much wider level, the officials said.

The regulator has already asked the company to reply by July 19. Besides, a number of individuals, including executives and board members and promoters of the company would summoned soon by the regulator as part of the probe, officials said.

The regulator is especially looking into allegations of violations of corporate governance norms and questionable related party transactions by Rahul Bhatia-led group as alleged by co-founder Rakesh Gangwal, who has also sent copies of his complaint to multiple top officers of Sebi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers.

Bhatia and his affiliates (IGE Group) has around 38 per cent stake while Gangwal along with his affiliates have about 37 per cent shareholding in InterGlobe Aviation.

via FPJ

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