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SEBI levies Rs 12 lakh fine on ICICI Bank, compliance officer for disclosure lapses

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has imposed a total fine of Rs 12 lakh on ICICI Bank and its compliance officer Sandeep Batra for disclosure lapses, including delayed disclosure of binding agreement signed with Bank of Rajasthan.

The regulator during an investigation found that a ‘binding implementation agreement’ was signed between ICICI Bank and Bank of Rajasthan on May 18, 2010 in order to procure cooperation and support of dominant shareholders of Bank of Rajasthan to effect the proposal of its amalgamation with the private lender. The probe revealed that ICICI Bank failed to disclose the information regarding signing of the binding agreement to the stock exchanges in a timely manner.

ICICI Bank is India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets. ICICI Bank’s subsidiaries include India’s leading private sector insurance, asset management and securities brokerage companies, and among the country’s largest private equity firms.