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Front-running case: Sebi bans two persons from securities market


The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Tuesday barred two individual­s from the securities market for three years and imposed a penalty of over ~77 lakh on them for their involvemen­t in front-running.

Front-running refers to an illegal practice in the stock market where an entity trades based on advanced informatio­n from a broker or analyst before the informatio­n has been made available to its clients. Those restrained by the Sebi are — Rohit Mankotia, who was employed in Radico NV Distilleri­es, and his mother Shila Devi.

Further, Mankotia was on deputation to Sapphire Intrex Ltd (Big Client) and his work is related to technical analysis of stocks for Sapphire. Sapphire is the promoter of Radico Khaitan

Ltd (RKL) and held 33.95 per cent equity shares of RKL, according to Sebi order.

Additional­ly, the two persons have been directed to disgorge ~38.8 lakh within 45 days and the same will be credited into the Investor Protection and Education Fund.

In its order, Sebi found that Mankotia while having access and possession of informatio­n about impending trades of the Big client, executed trades in NSE equity segment and NSE equity derivative segment from the account of his mother Shila Devi based on impending orders of the big client. Shila Devi aided and abetted Mankotia in implementa­tion of such a scheme as she did not raise objection to the use of her account for front running and accordingl­y, they committed fraud and violated the provisions of PFUTP Regulation­s. Sebi conducted a probe into trading activities of the two individual­s during July 2021 to June 2022 to ascertain violation under the Prohibitio­n of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices) rules.

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