CBI Files Charge Sheet Against Former NSE Chief In Co-Location Scam: 10 Points

In its charge sheet filed in their Special Court, the CBI has alleged that Ms Ramkrishna allegedly abused her official position in key decisions

CBI Files Charge Sheet Against Former NSE Chief In Co-Location Scam: 10 Points

CBI has filed charge sheet against former NSE chief Chitra Ramkrishna and her associate

New Delhi: In connection with the co-location scam case, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday filed its charge sheet against former chief of National Stock Exchange (NSE) Chitra Ramkrishna and ex-group operating officer Anand Subramanian.Both Ms Ramkrishna and Mr Subramanian are in judicial custody after they had been arrested by the CBI earlier.

Here is a brief recap of all the developments related to the NSE co-location scam.

  1. According to PTI, in its charge sheet filed in their Special Court, the CBI has alleged that Ms Ramkrishna allegedly abused her official position in key decisions among other charges. 

  2. Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on February 11 had charged Ms Ramkrishna and others with alleged governance lapses in the appointment of Mr Subramanian as the chief strategic advisor and his re-designation as group operating officer and advisor to managing director (MD).

  3. Ms Ramkrishna had told the regulator that a formless mysterious "Yogi" was guiding her over emails in taking the decisions. 

  4. The CBI which expanded its probe in the co-location scam, after SEBI report surfaced, has arrested both of them and told the court that formless "Yogi" is none other than Mr Subramanian who was alleged beneficiary of her decisions. 

  5. Ms Ramkrishna, who succeeded former CEO Ravi Narain in 2013, had appointed Mr Subramanian as her advisor who was later elevated as group operating officer (GOO) at a fat pay cheque of Rs 4.21 crore annually, officials said.

  6. Mr Subramanian's controversial appointment and subsequent elevation, besides crucial decisions, were guided by an unidentified person who Ms Ramkrishna claimed was a formless mysterious yogi dwelling in the Himalayas, a probe into her email exchanges during the Sebi-ordered audit had showed.

  7. In her statement to SEBI, Ms Ramkrishna had said that the unknown person having email id rigyajursama@outlook.com was a 'Sidha-purusha' or 'paramhansa' who did not have a physical persona and could materialise at will. Ms Ramkrishna got elevated as MD and CEO on April 1, 2013 and left the bourse in 2016.

  8. It was during this period that co-location was started by NSE, the CBI has alleged in the charge sheet.

  9. In the co-location facility offered by NSE, brokers could place their servers within the stock exchange premises giving them faster access to the markets. 

  10. It is alleged that some brokers in connivance with insiders abused the algorithm and the co-location facility to make windfall profits.
     



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