However, SEBI would continue its proceedings against 96 remaining debarred entities as multiple violations have been found in their case.
In two separate orders, the regulator said its detailed investigations did not show any violation of the SEBI rules against fraudulent and unfair trade practices by 91 entities in the First Financial case, while probe into another matter showed that no violation could be established against further 216 entities.
These were among the entities that were barred through separate interim orders by SEBI for alleged violation of rules purportedly for misuse of stock exchange platforms for tax evasion and other illicit gains.
In the first case, SEBI passed an interim order on December 19, 2014 barring 152 entities, followed by another one on August 11, 2015 restraining two entities from the securities markets pending investigation. These actions were taken for alleged manipulation in shares of First Financial Services Ltd. Out of these, orders were confirmed later against 149 entities, while the ban was revoked for five others later.
SEBI said it conducted further probe subsequently into the role of the debarred entities and has now found that no violation could be established by 91 entities, which include individuals and companies.
As carried in ani on 9/8/2017