Regulator Sebi today banned two brokers — F6 Finserve and F6 Commodities — and their eight former and present directors from the securities market "till further directions" in a matter related to misutilisation of funds and securities of clients.
Also, Pankaj and Meenu are the promoters of F6 and F6 Commodities and together hold 100 per cent shareholding.
The ruling has come following an inspection of F6 Finserve conducted by Sebi between August 10-30, 2017 for the period from April 1, 2015 to August 10, 2017.
Besides, leading exchange NSE had carried out the inspection of F6 Finserve on two separate occasions and forwarded the observations to Sebi.
"… during the inspection it has been observed that F6 Finserve had misused the securities and funds of its clients to the benefit of a few specific clients," Sebi said in an order.
The regulator also noted that it "prima facie" appears that the funds of the credit balance clients have been mis-utilised by F6 Finserve to fund debit balance clients or for own purposes and also that the broker has raised funds by pledging securities of clients in violation of Sebi norms.
As per the order, the two brokers are prima facie connected to each other and there were huge fund transfers between them. During the period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018, the net transfer from F6 Commodities to F6 Finserve was approximately Rs 5.51 crore.
"The findings recorded in the order are based on the prima facie examination of facts and prima facie violation of law," Sebi said.