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SEBI’s Special Treatment to Public Sector Banks

[Guest post by Abhishek Borgikar, who is a Senior Associate at Dhaval Vussonji Alliance] Violation of Minimum Public Shareholding Norms The former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Mr. U. K. Sinha, while talking about minimum public shareholding in public sector companies said: “Our [SEBI’s] stand as a regulator is that all cos should be treated alike on all matters...

PPPs: Public Law Matters, Doesn’t It?

[The following post is contributed by Santanu Sabhapandit, who is pursuing his doctoral studies at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia] The need for better infrastructure in India cannot be overemphasised. Availability of necessary funds, innovative skills and efficient implementation of projects are some of the key requirements if any of the targets for creating infrastructure facilities are...

Gender Diversity and Government Companies

It has been more than a year since a provision in the Companies Act, 2013 came into effect that requires all listed companies to have at least one woman director. As we had previously discussed, companies scrambled to comply with the requirement as of April 1, 2015, the effective date. However, a recent news report in the Business Standard indicates that 57 companies listed on the NSE are yet to...

Supersession of Bond Terms by State Legislation Disallowed

In Kalyan Janta Sahakari Bank v. State of Gujarat, a division bench of the Gujarat High Court was concerned with whether a legislation passed by the Gujarat State Legislature can unilaterally alter the terms of an issue of bonds by the government company to the detriment of the bond investors. The Court answered in the negative by striking down the legislation on grounds of lack of legislative...

MCA’s Exemption Notification for Government Companies

[The following guest post is contributed by Vinita Nair of Vinod Kothari & Co. The author may be contacted at vinita@vinodkothari.com.] By way of a notification dated June 5, 2015 exempted Government companies, private companies, section 8 companies and nidhi companies from complying with certain provisions of the Companies Act...

Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate Governance

The NSE Centre for Excellence in Corporate Governance (CECG) has issued its most recent quarterly briefing titled “Corporate Governance in State-Owned Enterprises”. The executive summary is as follows: – State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) constitute an integral part of India’s economy, and their performance has generally been encouraging; – They are subject to stringent governance norms:...

CSR in Government Companies

The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has acquired tremendous prominence in India since the enactment of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 (the CSR Rules). They are applicable to large companies, whether or not they are listed on the stock exchange. Now, the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises of the...

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