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Over 12.7 lakh PACL investors receive Rs 438 crore in refunds: SEBI

Over 12.7 lakh PACL investors receive Rs 438 crore in refunds: SEBI

The regulator had found that PACL Ltd, which had raised money from the public in the name of agriculture and real estate businesses, collected more than Rs 60,000 crore through illegal collective investment schemes (CISs) over 18 years

A panel headed by retired Justice RM Lodha had initiated the process of refunds in phases for investors, who had invested in PACL A panel headed by retired Justice RM Lodha had initiated the process of refunds in phases for investors, who had invested in PACL

More than 12.7 lakh PACL investors with claims of up to Rs 10,000 have received over Rs 438 crore in refunds, markets regulator Sebi said on Tuesday. The regulator had found that PACL Ltd, which had raised money from the public in the name of agriculture and real estate businesses, collected more than Rs 60,000 crore through illegal collective investment schemes (CISs) over 18 years.

A panel headed by retired Justice RM Lodha had initiated the process of refunds in phases for investors, who had invested in PACL.

"As on March 31, 2021, the committee has successfully effected refunds in respect of 12,70,849 eligible applications (with claims up to Rs 10,000) aggregating to Rs 438.34 crore," Sebi said in a statement.

The committee, in February 2019, had asked PACL investors to submit online applications for refund.

The panel has been processing applications received from investors in a phased manner, slab wise, and currently, applications with claim amount up to Rs 10,000 have been processed and payments have been made in respect of eligible claim applications.

The payments are processed after verification of documents uploaded by the investors along with their applications and payment amount calculated accordingly.

The committee has also from time to time provided investors, having claims up to Rs 10,000 and whose applications were found deficient, an opportunity to check status/ deficiencies in their applications and rectify the errors so that the applications could be processed. Such an opportunity was provided till March 31, 2021.

Currently, the facility to rectify the error in the claim applications is not available and investors may await further notification from the committee in this regard, as per a statement.

"The applications where investors have indicated marked land allotted field as 'Yes' or where land has been allotted to the investor as per records provided by PACL, have been kept on hold and will be taken up for consideration at a later stage," it added.

Further, processing of cases where 'deferred/ endorsed' has been mentioned on the PACL certificate has also been kept on hold, the statement noted.

In December 2015, the Securities and Exchange Board Board of India (Sebi) had ordered the attachment of all assets of PACL and its nine promoters and directors for their failure to refund the money that was due to investors.

Sebi had asked PACL as also its promoters and directors to refund the money in an order dated August 22, 2014. The defaulters were directed to wind up the schemes and refund money to the investors within three months from the date of the order.

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