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Hindenburg Research gets ‘show cause’ notice from SEBI over Adani Group report | Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News – N.F Times

New Delhi: United States-based short-seller Hindenburg Research on Monday claimed that it has received a ‘show cause’ notice, outlining suspected violations over its short bet against Adani Group last year.

Hindenburg Research, which had accused Adani Group of improper use of tax havens and flagged concerns about debt levels in a report in 2023, termed SEBI’s notice as an attempt “to silence and intimidate those who expose corruption and fraud perpetrated by the most powerful individuals in India”.

“After 1.5 years Of investigation, SEBI identified zero factual inaccuracies with our Adani research. Instead, the regulator took issue with things like: Our use of the word “scandal” when describing multiple prior instances of Adani promoters being charged with fraud by Indian regulators and our quoting of an individual that alleged SEBI is corrupt and work ‘hand in glove’ with conglomerates like Adani to help it skirt regulations.”

It added that the market regulator made nebulous allegations that Hindenburg’s report contained misrepresentations and inaccurate statements meant to mislead readers.

“In our view, SEBI has neglected its responsibility, seemingly doing more to protect those perpetrating fraud than to protect the investors being victimized by it,” the firm said.

Further, Hindenburg Research said while, the SEBI seemingly tied itself in knots to claim jurisdiction over the firm, it “conspicuously failed to name” to name Kotak Bank, which it added was the party with an actual tie to India.

“While SEBI seemingly tied itself in knots to claim jurisdiction over us, its notice conspicuously failed to name the party that has an actual tie to India: Kotak Bank, one of India’s largest banks and brokerage firms founded by Uday Kotak, which created and oversaw the offshore fund structure used by our investor partner to bet against Adani,” the group said. “Instead it simply named the K-India Opportunities fund and masked the “Kotak” name with the acronym “KMIL”.

It added, “Uday Kotak, founder of the bank, personally led SEBI’s 2017 Committee on Corporate Governance. We suspect SEBI’s lack of mention of Kotak or any other Kotak board member may be meant to protect yet another powerful Indian businessman from the prospect of scrutiny, a role SEBI seems to embrace.”

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