Karvy Stock Broking's licence suspended with immediate effect for non-compliance of regulations

Stock exchanges on Monday (December 2) suspended the licence of Hyderabad-based financial services major Karvy Stock Broking for non-compliance of regulatory provisions. The suspension could impact thousands of clients. 

Karvy Stock Broking's licence suspended with immediate effect for non-compliance of regulations

Mumbai: Stock exchanges on Monday (December 2) suspended the licence of Hyderabad-based financial services major Karvy Stock Broking for non-compliance of regulatory provisions. The suspension could impact thousands of clients. 

Following the NSE`s action, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has also deactivated trading terminals of Karvy in equity and debt segments and put them in RRM mode in equity derivatives, currency derivatives, and commodities.

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"The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has suspended Karvy Stock Broking Ltd (KSBL) due to non-compliance of regulatory provisions of the exchange," said the NSE through a circular. The move follows an order by market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India`s (SEBI) against Karvy for misuse of client funds.

Last month, the SEBI had found that the brokerage firm had misused client securities and routed it for other purposes. It had barred the broking firm from taking new clients on board and also directed the exchanges to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the firm.

Karvy has 12 lakh clients of which 3 lakh are active. On average, 20,000 to 25,000 clients transact on a daily basis. A recent interim report by NSE said that securities worth Rs 2,300 crore of more than 95,000 clients were unauthorisedly transferred by KSBL.

Currently, Ernst & Young (EY) is conducting a forensic audit on the brokerage to ascertain the exact misuse and extent of wrongdoing. 

(With Agency inputs)