Sebi bars 129 entities; suspects money laundering, tax evasion
In a fresh crackdown on suspected tax evasion and laundering of black money through stock markets, regulator Sebi on Friday barred Mishka Finance and Trading Ltd and 128 other entities from the securities market.
While the total amount involved could not be ascertained, these entities are estimated to have shown fictitious capital gains to the tune of Rs 254 crore and just 29 of them made unlawful gains to the tune of Rs 92 crore on an investment of just Rs 2 crore.
Sebi has also referred the case to other enforcement agencies, including Income Tax Department, Enforcement Directorate and Financial Intelligence Unit, to probe suspected money laundering or tax evasion by these entities and take necessary action.
So far, Sebi has suspended trading in nearly 30 listed companies for such violations while action has been taken against more than 500 entities, including promoters and others, for tax evasion of over Rs 3,000 crore.
For violations related to capital markets, Sebi in its order on Friday restrained 129 entities from accessing the securities market and from buying, selling or dealing in securities, either directly or indirectly, with immediate effect till further directions.
The entities include promoters and top executives of various listed companies as well, including Bhushan Steel, some of whom have been involved in similar cases where Sebi has already passed orders.