HDFC Bank on Friday said that it is reviewing the SEBI order imposing a penalty of Rs 1 crore on the bank in the matter involving BRS Wealth Kreators.
The capital market regulator on Thursday imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on HDFC Bank for invocation of client securities pledged by stockbroking firm BRH Wealth Kreators in violation of an interim order by the regulator.
In a regulatory filing, the bank said: “The bank is reviewing the order for considering a future course of action.”
A SEBI probe found that the lender had unilaterally invoked securities pledged by BRH to the extent of Rs 158.68 crore and the capital market regulator has thereby directed the bank to deposit an equivalent amount, along with interest from October 14, 2019, till date at the rate of 7 percent per annum, in a separate interest-bearing escrow account, till the issue of settlement of clients’ securities is reconciled.
On October 7, 2019, the regulator had issued an interim order-cum-show cause notice against BRH Wealth Kreators Ltd (formerly BMA Wealth Creators Ltd) and certain other entities restraining the notices from accessing the securities market and buying or selling in securities, either directly or indirectly.
The interim order had directed the notices not to dispose of or alienate any assets, whether movable or immovable or to create or invoke or release any interest or charge in any of such assets except with the prior permission of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) and the BSE.
BRH, along with the other notices, were also directed to provide a full inventory of all their assets, whether movable or immovable or any interest or investment or charge in any of such assets, including details of all their bank accounts, Demat accounts, and mutual fund investments immediately to NSE and BSE but not later than five working days from the date of receipt of the order.
HDFC Bank had granted credit facilities to BRH (Rs 191.16 crore) and BRH Commodities (Rs 26.61 crore) as a loan against securities (LAS) out of which an amount of Rs 87.75 crore was granted as LAS.
On October 14, 2019, HDFC Bank allegedly had invoked securities pledged by BRH to the extent of Rs 158.68 crore. The aforementioned invocation of the pledge of client securities available in the aforementioned two Demat accounts of BRH, by HDFC Bank, was allegedly not in conformity with the directions contained in the interim order.