SEBI has observed that some of the listed entities have not paid the fines levied by the stock exchanges for non-compliance with disclosure norms. In order to ensure effective enforcement of listed regulation, it has been decided to freeze the holdings of promoters and promoter group entities of companies in the manner specified below:
• In case non-compliant listed entity fails to pay fine levied by stock exchanges within time frame specified in notice issued by the exchange, the concerned stock exchange shall, upon expiry of the period, freeze holdings in other securities in the demat accounts of promoter and promoter group to the extent of liability which shall be calculated on a quarterly basis.
• In case of non-compliance for two consecutive periods, and failure to comply with the notice issued by the stock exchange within time frame, the recognized stock exchange shall forthwith intimate the depositories to freeze the entire shareholding of the promoter and promoter group in such listed entity. In addition to the freezing of shares of the non-compliant listed entities, the holdings in the demat accounts of promoter and promoter group in other securities shall also be frozen to the extent of liability which shall be calculated on a quarterly basis.
• While freezing the holdings the recognized stock exchange shall have discretion of determining which of the securities and holdings of a promoter or promoter group entity are to be frozen.