a)SEBI imposed penalty upon appellants under Section 23E of the Securities Contract Regulation Act and Section 15HA of the SEBI Act for allegedly violating clause 35 of the Listing Agreement and Regulations 3(d) and 4(2)(f) of SEBI (Prohibition of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices relating to Securities Market) Regulations, 2003.
b)Issue raised in appeal was:
Whether a listed Company was required to disclose details of ‘otherwise encumbered’ shares held by the promoter under clause 35 of the Listing Agreement even though there was no obligation cast upon the promoter to make such disclosures to the listed Company?
The Securities Appellate Tribunal held as under:
1)Since neither any regulation of SEBI nor clause 35 of the Listing Agreement would casts an obligation on the promoter to make disclosure of encumbered shares to the listed Company, and
2)In the absence of such disclosure made by promoter, SEBI was not justified in directing the listed Company to disclose details of shares which were ‘otherwise encumbered’ by the promoter. Accordingly, penalty imposed by SEBI was to be set aside. – GOLDEN TOBACCO LTD. V. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA  51 TAXMANN.COM 51 (SAT - MUMBAI)