The custodian mandated by the Special Courts Act 1992
to sell the attached assets of the late Big Bull Harshad
Mehta has so far sold shares realising around Rs 600 crore.
the last 20 months, since September 2001, when the custodian
actually began to sell assets belonging to Mehta, it has
sold around 4 crore shares. It is considered that over
Rs 1,000 crore worth of Mehta's shares are lying with
shares of blue chip companies, of which the beneficial
ownership has been transferred to the custodian since
January 2003, are alone expected to mobilise around Rs
500 crore by the end of the year.
the month of January and April, Life Insurance Corporation
had picked up shares worth Rs 300 crore from Mehta's portfolio
including those of Hero Honda (60 lakhs share, 7.5 per
cent of the company's paid-up capital), ITC (4.7 lakh),
Hindustan Lever (6.3 lakh), Castrol (11.18 lakh), Tata
Tea (7.3 lakh), Gujarat Ambuja (23.26 lakh), Reliance
Industries (2.5 million) and 700,000 shares of Telco.
National Bank has acquired 1.5 million shares of Larsen
& Toubro from the custodian for Rs 39.85 crore. Another
Rs 5.49 crore came through the sale of Fairgrowth Financial
Services shares. LIC picked up RIL shares from the custodian
for over Rs 68.75 crore. The Reliance shares are understood
to have been bought for about Rs 275 while the Telco shares
were bought for Rs 175 a share an L&T for Rs 155.
this, the custodian sold Apollo shares amounting to 17
per cent of the company's equity to the Apollo management
for around Rs 38 crore and currently ACC shares amounting
to 12 per cent of the company's equity have been put for
auction. The special courts have now fixed 30 September
2003 as the deadline for the completion of the sale.