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Sebi slaps record high fine of Rs 52 cr on DLF, K P Singh, 6 others

These orders come after Sebi in October last year barred DLF and its six top executives from markets for three years for suppressing key information at the time of its IPO in 2007, including about certain "sham transactions" involving an associate company named Sudipti Estates.

While the earlier order did not involve any monetary penalties and has been challenged before the Securities Appellate Tribunal, the regulator on Thursday passed two fresh orders, for related irregularities, to impose penalties totalling Rs 85 crore on as many as 41 entities. Proceedings against one person has been abated because of his death.

As per the first order running into 53 pages, DLF has been asked to pay a fine of Rs 26 crore, while a similar amount has to be paid collectively by seven persons -- Chairman K P Singh, his son and Vice Chairman Rajiv Singh, daughter Pia Singh, T C Goyal, Ramesh Sanka, G S Talwar and Kameshwar Swarup. This itself is the biggest ever penalty imposed by Sebi in a single case, barring the amount asked by the regulator in its 'disgorgement' or refund orders in which cases the concerned entities are asked to return the money illegally raised by them.

In the second 55-page order, Sudipti Estates has been asked to cough up Rs 1 crore, its two directors have been fined Rs 3 crore, while fines ranging from Rs one crore to Rs five crore have been imposed on 19 other entities. The fines are between Rs 5-15 lakhfor others.

The fines need to be paid within 45 days, as per orders issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). DLF had raised Rs 9,187 crore in its IPO, the biggest ever till that time. Sebi had began a investigation after allegations were levelled by one Kimsuk Krishna Sinha about DLF and Sudipti Estates Limited (Sudipti), wherein he had alleged that Sudipti had duped him of Rs 34 crore in relation to a transaction between them for purchase of land, and he had registered an FIR against Sudipti.

It was also stated by Sinha in the said complaints that Sudipti, DLF Housing Development Limited and DLF Estate Development Limited were sister concerns and inextricably linked and all of them were part of DLF Group, as per Sebi order.
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