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Business News/ Companies / News/  Adani-Hindenburg Row: Supreme Court postpones hearing; SEBI's status report to be addressed: Report

The Supreme Court has rescheduled the hearing for the Adani-Hindenburg case involving the status report provided by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the capital markets regulatory body.

As per media reports, the constitution bench led by the Chief Justice of India will persist in addressing petitions that contest the revocation of Article 370.

Mint could not independently confirm the development.

The report noted that Sebi submitted a status report on August 25 concerning its inquiry into the accusations made by short-seller Hindenburg Research in its January report against the diversified conglomerate Adani, which is involved in port and energy operations.

Sebi has expressed that due to a significant number of these entities being located in offshore tax havens, determining the financial stakes of shareholders among the 12 Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) presents a challenging aspect of the investigation, the report said.

As reported by PTI, Sebi informed to the apex court that it is currently awaiting data from five offshore tax havens to identify the true beneficiaries behind foreign investors engaged with the conglomerate.

Also Read: Adani-Hindenburg row: SEBI's probe faults Adani Group on disclosure rules, say sources

According to a report from the Indian Express, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) discovered that short selling of Adani stocks resulted in profits for 12 firms.

IE informed that the short-sellers include two Indian companies, one registered in New Delhi and another in Mumbai. 

Furthermore, the promoters of the company based in Delhi have a SEBI order against them for allegations of deceiving investors and engaging in stock market manipulation, as stated in the report.

In response to governance apprehensions raised by Hindenburg Research, headquartered in the US, the Sebi initiated an investigation into the Gautam Adani-led group. These concerns led to a reduction of over $100 billion in the collective market worth of the conglomerate's enterprises.

Also Read: Gautam Adani's plan to transform Mumbai's Dharavi raises doubts and allegations

As per a recent report by Reuters, back in January, the conglomerate engaged in port and energy operations refuted any misconduct. Sources, preferring to remain anonymous due to a lack of authorization to engage with the media, described the infringements as primarily "technical" in nature.

These infractions are anticipated to lead to nothing more than a financial penalty once the inquiry concludes. However, SEBI does not intend to release the report to the public until the regulatory body has issued its decisions regarding the Adani investigation, Reuters reported on Monday citing sources.

Earlier on Friday, SEBI informed the Supreme Court that its investigation into the activities of the Adani Group was nearing its conclusion.

One key finding had been violations in disclosing certain related-party transactions, the sources told Reuters.

"Transactions with a related party need to be identified and reported," said one of them. "If not done, it could give an incorrect picture of the Indian listed company's financials."

Also Read: Adani-Hindenburg row: SEBI submits report, tells SC it has completed probe; check details

According to its submission to the court, the regulatory authority mentioned that it had scrutinized 13 occurrences of transactions involving related parties.

“The penalty could go up to a maximum of 10 million rupees ($121,000) for each violation by each entity", the sources added.

The inquiry also found that holdings of offshore funds in some Adani companies were not in line with the rules, they said.

Indian law allows an offshore investor to invest a maximum of 10% in an Indian company via the foreign portfolio investor route with any larger investment classed as a foreign direct investment. 

"There are some inadvertent breaches of this limit by some offshore investors," said the second of the two sources to Reuters, but declined to give details.

(From media inputs)

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Updated: 29 Aug 2023, 12:19 PM IST
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