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SEBI Fines PTC India Financial Services Officials for Corporate Governance Lapses

20 June 20243 mins read by Angel One
The leadership of PTC India Financial Services faces a legal penalty from SEBI after fining corporate governance issues in the company.
SEBI Fines PTC India Financial Services Officials for Corporate Governance Lapses
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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has taken strict action against PTC India Financial Services Ltd. (PFS) (a subsidiary of PTC) and its former leadership for lapses in corporate governance. The investigation, initiated following the resignation of independent directors citing governance concerns, has resulted in penalties and restrictions on:

Pawan Singh: Former Managing Director & CEO of PFS

Rajib Kumar Mishra: Former Chairman of PFS

Key Findings and Penalties

  • SEBI’s investigation: Spanning April 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022, the probe revealed several corporate governance violations.
  • Pawan Singh: Banned from holding any director or key managerial positions in listed companies or intermediaries for two years. Additionally, a penalty of ₹25 lakh has been imposed.
  • Rajib Kumar Mishra: Restricted from holding director positions for 6 months. He faces a penalty of ₹10 lakh.

Specific Violations

  • Board Meeting Irregularities: Despite the resignation of all independent directors, a scheduled board meeting was not cancelled. SEBI denied a requested exemption, highlighting a violation of quorum requirements.
  • Forensic Audit Delays: The company initially delayed a forensic audit (April 2022) due to non-cooperation from Singh and Mishra. This delay impacted the timely finalization of PFS’s financial results and its stock price (moved to ‘Z Category’ by stock exchanges).
  • Information Withholding: Singh withheld a forensic audit report from the board for two years and delayed reporting a suspected fraud case.

Complicit Role

SEBI’s order also highlights Mishra’s failure to address concerns raised by independent directors. By allowing Singh’s actions to continue unchecked, Mishra is deemed to have played a complicit role.

In a separate development, the PFS board recently decided to reclaim ₹49.7 lakh paid as legal fees for Singh and Mishra.

About PTC India Financial Services Limited

PTC India Financial Services Limited (PFS) is an NBFC registered with RBI, which holds the status of Infrastructure Finance Company. It provides equity/debt financing solutions to the energy value chain. On June 13, 2024, the share price of PTC India Financial Services Limited (PFS) opened at ₹41.43 and touched the day low of ₹40.16 at 09:55 AM.

Disclaimer: This blog has been written exclusively for educational purposes. The securities mentioned are only examples and not recommendations. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet and is subject to changes. Please consult an expert before making related decisions.

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