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NSE Scam | CBI arrests former bourse chief Chitra Ramkrishna's advisor Anand Subramanian

Anand Subramaniam is the former Group Operating Officer, and advisor to former MD of National Stock Exchange Chitra Ramkrishna.

February 25, 2022 / 09:35 AM IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on February 25 arrested Anand Subramanian, a former top official of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), in connection with alleged favour dolled out to certain traders.

The development comes as authorities pressed ahead with an investigation into the NSE scam case where certain private individuals and unknown NSE and SEBI officials were accused of preferential access to the NSE's server architecture and misuse of colocation facility.

News reports suggest that Subramanian, the former group operating officer and advisor to former managing director Chitra Ramkrishna, was held late on Thursday night from Chennai. Subramanian was the chief strategic advisor from April 1, 2013 before he was re-designated from April 1, 2015 until October 21, 2016.

Look-out circulars were issued against Anand Subramanian, Chitra Ramkrishna and Ravi Narain as part of the investigation. The CBI began questioning Ramkrishna last week.

Ramkrishna, the former head of the country's largest stock exchange, was accused of sharing information including the bourse's financial projections, business plans and board agenda with a purported spiritual guru in the Himalayas, markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said.

"The sharing of financial and business plans of NSE... is a glaring, if not unimaginable, act that could shake the very foundations of the stock exchange," Sebi said in an order, imposing penalties on Ramkrishna, the bourse and other top former executives for the lapses.

Ramkrishna and Subramanian were subsequently restrained from associating with any market infrastructure institution or any intermediary registered with Sebi, while Narain was barred for two years.

The regulator also directed the NSE to forfeit the excess leave encashment of Rs 1.54 crore and the deferred bonus of Rs 2.83 crore, of Ramkrishna, which was retained by the exchange and deposit the money to its Investor Protection Fund Trust.

The income tax department conducted searches at the Mumbai residence of Ramkrishna on February 17. The CBI also visited the Sebi office and collected documents pertaining to the case.

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first published: Feb 25, 2022 08:22 am