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Sebi imposes Rs 7 lakh fine on three entities for disclosure lapses

Markets regulator Sebi Friday imposed a total *fine of Rs 7 lakh on three entities* for failing to disclose the change in their shareholding in PMC Fincorp. Sebi fined Seabird Retails Pvt Ltd and Seabird Distributors Pvt Ltd Rs 3 lakh each, while it imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on Economy Suppliers Pvt Ltd for violating PIT (Prohibition of Insider Trading) and SAST (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeover) Regulations. In an order, the regulator observed that during the period from March 2012 to August 2014, the *shareholding of entities crossed the threshold of 5 per cent on several occasions* Also, on a number of instances the change in their stake was more than 2 per cent. Under PIT and SAST provisions, an entity which holds more than 5 per cent shares in any listed company is *under obligation to make requisite disclosures* to the company and exchanges in two working days. Besides, if there is a change of more than 2 per cent in the shareholding of an entity already having over 5 per cent stake in the firm, it is required to make disclosures to the exchanges and the company in two working days. However, the entities *failed* to do so, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said. The noticees (Economy Suppliers, Seabird Retails, Seabird Distributors) have not made the requisite disclosures till date and (Seabird Retails, Distributors) have committed repeated defaults, Sebi said. Accordingly, the regulator imposed penalties on the three entities.

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