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Guidelines framed to blacklist defaulting builders: Centre to SC

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New Delhi, Aug 28 : The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that guidelines have been framed to blacklist builders, contractors and architects found to have constructed buildings in violation of sanctioned plans.

A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta asked the Centre to put the guidelines on public domain.

Additional Solicitor General A.N.S. Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, told the court that an advisory has been issued to state governments to stop unauthorized constructions across the country.

The court had earlier directed the Centre to come out with proper guidelines to blacklist builders, contractors and architects found to have constructed buildings in violation of building bye-laws.

The court now posted for further hearing on September 7 pleas relating to the validity of the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006 and subsequent legislation that protected unauthorized constructions from sealing.

The sealing drive in Delhi is being carried out by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee against business establishments using residential properties for commercial purposes. It is being implemented by the three BJP-led Municipal Corporations of Delhi.

The committee was set up by the Supreme Court in 2006. In 2012, the apex court asked the committee to stop the drive. But in December 2017 it ordered resumption of the drive.

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IL&FS probe: ED files case, raids 6 places, seizes foreign cash worth Rs 6 lakh

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday seized foreign currency worth Rs 6 lakh after it carried out searches at six places in different cities in connection with a case of money laundering it registered against the former Chairman and directors of the IL&FS, which is facing debt obligations to the tune of about Rs 91,000 crore, officials said.

A senior ED official said multiple teams of the agency carried out searches in Mumbai, Delhi and Gurugram at the residential premises of Ravi Parthasarathy, former Chairman of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Ltd, Hari Sankaran, VC and MD of subsidiaries of IL&FS group, Ramesh Bawa and some of the other former directors of the company.

“The ED recovered foreign currency to the tune of Rs 6 lakh and also seized some documents related to property,” the official said.

However, the ED official refused to share details on whose residence the foreign currency was seized.

Searches were also conducted at the company’s Mumbai office.

The agency official said the ED has registered a money laundering case over the charges of alleged cheating and forgery on part of IL&FS group and its managing committee during 2010-2018.

The ED’s action is on the basis of a case filed with the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing under several sections of the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy and forgery on the complaint of Ashish Begwani, director of New Delhi-based Enso Infrastructure.

Earlier this year, an interim report by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) also highlighted that the top executives of the IL&FS used the Employee Welfare Trust for personal gains at the cost of the company by carrying forward amendments in trust contracts without the approval of the Board of Directors.

The infrastructure lender’s crisis came to light last year following a series of defaults by its group companies on their debt obligations which accumulated to the tune of about Rs 91,000 crore.

The company has defaulted on repayment of loans to SIDBI and along with its subsidiaries.

The debt crisis at the infrastructure lender came to light following a series of defaults by its group companies beginning September last year.

Last year in October, the Central government superseded the management of the beleaguered company via an NCLT order and appointed a six-member board led by Uday Kotak, MD and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank, to restore its financial solvency.

Key public sector lenders and undertakings such as the LIC and the SBI have a 25.34 per cent and 6.42 per cent stake, respectively, in the firm. The credit crunch has led to a few of the company’s subsidiaries to default in servicing some inter-corporate deposits.

Consequent to defaults, significant impact was felt in the capital market on account of the contagion effect of the IL&FS problem, prompting the government to replace the Board.

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Sensex ends losing streak, ends 403 points higher

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Mumbai, Feb 20: A slight ease in crude oil prices along with value buying and a strong rupee aided the benchmark Sensex to snap its longest consecutive sessions fall in the last eight years on Wednesday.

Accordingly, the benchmark index closed with handsome gains of over 400 points while the Nifty50 jumped past the 10,700 mark after struggling in the past sessions.

Adding to the positive momentum were the gains made by the rupee and healthy domestic investment which were supported by expectations that the US and China may resolve their trade tensions.

“Positive global markets lifted the domestic market sentiments after 2 weeks of under performance. Dovish minutes from US Fed and resumption of dialogue between US and China added positive vibes to the global market,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

“Strong inflows from DIIs, appreciation of rupee and value buying in mid and small caps helped the domestic market.”

The S&P BSE Sensex closed 403.65 points or 1.14 per cent higher at 35,756.26 from its previous close of 35,352.61, while the NSE Nifty50 ended 131.10 points or 1.24 per cent higher at 10,735.45.

Among the top gainer were Vedanta, which inched up 4.67 per cent, followed by Tata Steel, up 4.13 per cent. ONGC, NTPC and Yes Bank came next.

Sensex saw only four stocks ending in the red led by Hero Moto Corp, Hindustan Uniliver, Bajaj Auto and IndusInd Bank.

“During the penultimate hour, we saw emergence of strong buying interest, reclaiming 10,700 convincingly by adding more than 130 points to the bulls’ kitty,” said Sameet Chavan, Chief Analyst, Technical and Derivatives, Angel Broking.

Historically, Chavan said it had been observed that whenever index corrects for eight straight sessions without surpassing the previous day’s high, the ninth day becomes a reversal day or a bounce back day.

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Ericsson Case: Supreme Court holds Anil Ambani guilty of contempt

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New Delhi, Feb 20: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held Reliance Communication chairman Anil Ambani guilty of contempt in a case filed by telecom equipment maker Ericsson India.

The complainant accused Anil Ambani and others of not clearing its dues of 550 crore.

The apex court directed Anil Ambani to pay Rs 453 crore to Ericsson India in four weeks failing which he will be sentenced to three-month jail term. An amount of 118 crore is already deposited with the registry. The court directed this amount to be released immediately.

The court observed that Reliance Communication had no intention to pay and had “willfully” not paid Ericsson the due amount. An apology by RCom was also rejected by the top court.

A bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran directed also imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore each on RCOM, Reliance Telecommunication and Reliance Infratel that would be deposited with the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee (SCLSC).

In case of default the Chairman of all three companies would have to undergo sentence of one month each.

The bench ordered this as it did not accept the “unconditional apology” tendered to the court by the RCOM Chairman.

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