How Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's Namesake Took Surana Solar Shares for a Ride

How Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's Namesake Took Surana Solar Shares for a Ride

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Surana Solar shares jumped as much as 17.4 per cent in early trade on Wednesday after data from the National Stock Exchange showed that Rakesh Jhunjhunwala had bought 2.56 lakh shares or 0.5 per cent stake in the Hyderabad-based company on Tuesday.
It appears that nobody wanted to miss out on a stock that Rakesh Jhunjhunwala had invested in, and everybody from traders to analysts and even journalists assumed that the investment was done by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, the billionaire investor widely followed for his multi-bagger ideas.

Surana Solar management started getting calls from across the country as analysts sought more clarity about the little-known company.

The buying momentum in Surana Solar shares, however, came off post noon and the stock hit a lower circuit minutes before the scheduled stoppage of trade yesterday.

Surana Solar shares ended 13.55 per cent lower at Rs 45.95, off the day's high of Rs 62.40. By the end of the trading, 58 lakh Surana Solar shares had changed hands, compared with a daily average of just over 1.41 lakh shares last week.

The selloff in Surana Solar remained a mystery for many until Mr Jhunjhunwala clarified that he had no investment in Surana Solar. It was a namesake of Mr Jhunjhunwala, who had bought these shares.
Surana Solar shares crashed 20 per cent on Thursday, prompting calls for an investigation by market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India or Sebi.

"Should SEBI investigate how this fake RJ bought Surana Solar -Who lent him 2 buy this 'gem'? This is his maiden pick - recently opened account," tweeted independent analyst Ambareesh Baliga.
 
Company caught in crossfire:

Surana Solar shares were locked down in lower circuit at Rs 36.80 on Thursday. Other group companies were also caught in the crossfire; Surana Ventures crashed 20 per cent today, while Surana Telecom and Power ended 6.55 per cent lower.

Narendra Surana, chairman of Surana Solar told NDTV that his company got involved in an "unnecessary" controversy. Surana Solar's performance continues as before and there is absolutely no reason for such kind of selling, he added.

"It looks like someone with the same name as the big investor took advantage and made a killing, but the name of the company has been spoiled. They (authorities) should look into this, but what can they do? People will fall for it...eventually the company will lose out," Mr Surana said.

(With inputs from Reuters)