Passing a fresh order in the nearly a decade-old Satyam scam, Sebi Friday barred B Ramalinga Raju and three other entities from the securities markets for 14 years and directed them to return Rs 813 crore worth unlawful gains with interest.
The latest Sebi ruling, pertaining to insider trading and fraudulent activities, has been passed after the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) directed it to pass a fresh order in the matter. The debarment already undergone by Ramalinga Raju and Rama Raju since July 15, 2014 as well as Suryanarayana Raju and SRSR Holdings Pvt Ltd since September 10, 2015 would be taken into account for calculating the total 14-year ban period, according to the order. These entities have been barred for violating regulations pertaining to PFTUP (Prohibition of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices) and PIT (Prohibition of Insider Trading).
The present case relates to Ramalinga Raju and Rama Raju -- who were promoters and directors of Satyam Computer Services -- falsifying the company’s financial statements and making illegal gains by way of insider trading. Besides, B Suryanarayana Raju and SRSR Holdings dealt with shares of Satyam Computer on the basis of unpublished price sensitive information.
While SRSR Holdings has been asked to disgorge Rs 675.39 crore, Suryanarayana Raju has to pay Rs 81.84 crore and Rama Raju has to cough up Rs 29.54 crore. Ramalinga Raju has been directed to pay Rs 26.62 crore, as per the order.
These amounts have to be paid along with 12 per cent annual interest effective from January 7, 2009, the day when the scam came to light through a letter written by Ramalinga Raju, then chief of Satyam Computer.