The finance ministry will seek cabinet clearance of the
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Amendment
Act for setting up an investor protection fund (IPF).
The proposed amendment would allow market regulator SEBI
to utilise money collected in the investor protection
fund by way of fines and penalities from listed companies
and brokers who indulge in violation of market regulator's
are preparing a note on IPF that will be put up before
the cabinet to get its nod for amending the SEBI Act.
The amendment is expected to be introduced in the next
session of Parliament," a senior finance ministry
now the fines and penalities that are collected go into
the Consolidated Fund of India and without an amendment
to SEBI Act, the market regulator would not be able to
use them for investor protection and education, he said.
collected through disgorgement would also go to IPF although
the money to be collected through the recent disgorgement
order of SEBI would not go to the fund, as it was not
supposed to be operational from retrospective effect.
The bill to amend the SEBI Act would be introduced either
in the current session or the budget session of Parliament.
SEBI had proposed the amendments mostly in line with the
Securitisation Act of the US. As part of a parliamentary
bill is likely to be referred to a parliamentary subcommittee
after introduction. A ministerial committee is already
considering the bill.