Market Regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) will exchange with each other, on request, any information available in their respective databases, for the purpose of carrying out scrutiny, inspection, investigation and prosecution.
A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Ministry and the SEBI for data exchange between the two regulatory organizations in New Delhi on June 7. The MoU will ensure that both MCA and SEBI have seamless linkage for regulatory purposes.
The MoU marks the beginning of a new era of cooperation and synergy between the two regulators.
The MoU comes in the wake of increasing need for surveillance in the context of Corporate Frauds affecting important sectors of the economy.
As the private sector plays an increasingly vital role in economic growth, the need for a robust Corporate Governance mechanism becomes the need of the hour.
The MoU will facilitate the sharing of data and information between SEBI and MCA on an automatic and regular basis. It will enable sharing of specific information such as details of suspended companies, delisted companies, shareholding pattern from SEBI and financial statements filed with the Registrar by corporates, returns of allotment of shares, audit reports relating to corporates.
The MoU comes into force from the date it was signed and is an ongoing initiative of MCA and SEBI, who are already collaborating through various existing mechanisms.
A Data Exchange Steering Group also has been constituted for the initiative, which will meet periodically to review the data exchange status and take steps to further improve the effectiveness of the data sharing mechanism.