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Sebi seeks clarification on Vedanta-Cairn deal

Vedanta group had sought Sebi's approval in August 2010 for a Rs 13,160-crore open offer for purchase of up to 20 per cent stake from the public as part of the deal.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has sought fresh clarifications on the proposed $9.6-billion Vedanta-Cairn deal, which has already been awaiting clearance from the market regulator for about six months now.

Vedanta group had sought Sebi's approval in August 2010 for a Rs 13,160-crore open offer for purchase of up to 20 per cent stake from the public, as part of the overall deal.

According to sources, the market regulator has asked for more clarifications from the merchant banker involved in the planned Cairn-Vedanta deal. The clarifications being sought by Sebi could not be ascertained.

Earlier, Sebi clearance was sought by Vedanta group firm Sesa Goa through its merchant banker JM Financial. As part of the deal announced in August 2010, Vedanta group agreed to acquire up to 60 per cent stake in Cairn India from its Edinburgh-based promoter Cairn Energy and public shareholders.

This included an open offer for 20 per cent stake purchase from the public at a price of Rs 355 per share, totalling Rs 13,160 crore.

The open offer, which was initially scheduled to begin on October 11 last year and close on October 30, has been stuck for a long time given the delay in Sebi clearance.