Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary in a written reply to a question said accounts of three of the six Mauritius-based funds, that have invested most of their money in Adani Group firms, were frozen in 2016 over the issuance of Global Depository Receipt (GDR) by certain listed firms. No freeze was ordered for their holding in other firms.
“Sebi is investigating some Adani Group companies with regard to compliance with Sebi regulations,” he said without giving details.
Also, DRI “is investigating certain entities belonging to the Adani Group of Companies under laws administered by it,” he said.
The minister did not name which of the Adani Group companies were being investigated by Sebi and DRI. He also did not elaborate on the nature of the violation.
He however said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) wasn’’t investigating the Adani Group.
Shares of port-to-energy group nosedived last month after reports that accounts of three of the six Mauritius-based funds that have invested most of their money in Adani Group firms had been frozen by the national share depository. The three funds owned about $6 billion of shares across the conglomerate.
The Adani Group on June 14 denied the report of the freeze, calling it “blatantly erroneous”. A day later it clarified that three demat accounts of Cresta Fund Ltd, Albula Investment Fund Ltd and APMS Investment Fund were “suspended for debit”, adding to the confusion over the status of the offshore funds.
Shares of Adani Total Gas Ltd, Adani Power Ltd, Adani Transmission, Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone , Adani Green Energy and flagship Adani Enterprises were impacted by the reports.
Prior to the episode, some of Adani Group’s listed stocks had soared more than six folds in value since the start of 2020. Group’s billionaire founder-chairman Gautam Adani had earlier this month blamed “reckless and irresponsible” reporting for the fall.
“In a matter pertaining to issuances of GDR by certain Indian listed companies, Sebi vide order dated June 16, 2016, had directed depositories to freeze particular beneficiary accounts of certain FPIs including Albula Investment Fund Ltd, Cresta Fund Ltd, and APMS Investment Fund Ltd,” Chaudhary said.
But no order in respect of other beneficiary accounts of these three FPIs has been passed by Sebi, he said.
“Six companies of the Adani Group are listed and traded on recognized stock exchanges in India.