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Jignesh Shah, two MCX honchos seek 4 weeks to answer FMC showcause

Financial Technologies India Ltd (FTIL), founder Jignesh Shah and two top officials have sought a one-month extension to reply to the regulator's show cause notices questioning their 'fit and proper' status to operate group company MCX. The Forward Markets Commission (FMC) issued the show cause notices on 4 October to Financial Technologies India Ltd, Shah, MCX managing director and CEO Shreekant Javalgekar and MCX Stock Exchange managing director and CEO Joseph Massey and sought replies by 18 October.

'FTIL, Shah, Javalgekar and Massey have asked FMC to give four weeks more time to reply to the show cause notices,' sources said, without giving any reasons. Calls to FMC chairman Ramesh Abhishek were not answered. The notices were issued following the Rs 5,600 crore payment crisis at the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL), which, along with the Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX), is promoted by FTIL.

The National Spot Exchange Limited was plunged into a payment crisis after halting trading in commodities from 1 August on a government directive.

FMC guidelines require exchange board directors to satisfy fit and proper criteria such as a general reputation and record of fairness and financial integrity.

The regulator has seven conditions for disqualification, including involvement in acts of fraud or dishonesty and conviction by a court for moral turpitude or economic offences.

Earlier this month, the Mumbai police registered an FIR against Shah and others in connection with the National Spot Exchange Limited payment crisis and searched their offices, residences and warehouses across the country.

Last week, Mumbai police arrested two persons in connection with the NSEL crisis - Amit Mukherjee, Assistant Vice-President of the National Spot Exchange Limited L, and Jay Bahukhundi, a former Assistant VP who was in charge of the department tasked with the verification of borrowing companies and investors at the exchange.
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