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Sebi orders attachment of bank, demat accounts of Aspen Industries, 4 others

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Markets regulator Sebi has ordered attachment of bank and Demat accounts of Aspen Industries and four others to recover Rs 2.84 crore.

New Delhi: Markets regulator Sebi has ordered attachment of bank and Demat accounts of Aspen Industries and four others to recover Rs 2.84 crore.

The recovery proceedings have been initiated against them after they failed to repay investors money as directed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in July 2017.

The company raised funds through non-convertible debentures from investors without complying with public issue norms. In an attachment notice on Thursday, Sebi said the defaulters have already been given sufficient time to disgorge the amount. However, they have not shown any willingness to comply with the regulator's direction. Accordingly, Sebi has ordered attachment of bank as well as demat accounts and mutual fund folios of Aspen Industries Limited, Aspen Debenture Trust, Bhaskar Saha, Abhijit Dasgupta and Ujjal Kumar Roy.

Sebi asked banks and depositories not to allow any debit from the accounts of these entities. However, credits have been permitted. Further, the capital markets watchdog has directed the banks to attach all accounts including lockers held by the defaulters. The regulator said there is sufficient reason to believe that the defaulters may dispose of the amounts in the bank accounts and securities in the Demat accounts and "realisation of the amount due under the certificate would, in consequence, be delayed or obstructed".

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