Karvy Stock Broking Head Arrested For Fraud, Securities Norms Violation

Market regulator Sebi had, in 2019, initiated a probe into various irregularities Karvy was accused of. It was then barred from trading on BSE or NSE.

Karvy Stock Broking Head Arrested For Fraud, Securities Norms Violation

C Parthasarathi-led Karvy borrowed from ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, IndusInd Bank and HDFC Bank.

Highlights

  • Karvy Stock Broking Chairman & Managing Director C Parthasarathi arrested
  • Arrest followed allegation against firm of misuse of clients' funds
  • Complaint filed by IndusInd Bank saying Karvy had defaulted
Hyderabad:

Karvy Stock Broking Chairman and Managing Director C Parthasarathi was arrested on Thursday for cheating and misuse of clients' funds, the Hyderabad police said. The founder of the financial services company was taken into custody following a complaint by IndusInd Bank alleging that his firm had defaulted on a Rs 137-crore loan.

"HDFC Bank has also filed two cases alleging fraud of nearly Rs 350 crore," said Avinash Mohanty, a Joint Commissioner of Police.

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The police alleged cheating and "gross violation" of the Securities and Exchange Board of India's (Sebi) norms on the Hyderabad-based company's part, besides criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.

The stock and commodities market regulator had, in 2019, initiated a probe into various irregularities that the company was accused of.

It was found that Karvy had raised loans from banks and transferred the funds to its own subsidiary companies to be used as working capital. It had borrowed from ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finance, and Kotak Bank, apart from IndusInd Bank and HDFC Bank, Mr Mohanty said.

These loans had been taken over several years, with the company pledging securities as collateral, the police said. However, the Sebi probe revealed that the securities pledged were those of the company's clients and not its own as the banks had assumed initially.

Following this revelation, Karvy was, in 2020, barred from trading on NSE and BSE.

Since the money raised this way was used as working capital, the police said, the company began to default.

Karvy Stock Broking's two lakh-odd clients have not filed any complaints yet, the police said.

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