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Supreme Court rules against NSE in Kotak Mahindra Bank dispute

EditorVenkatesh Jartarkar
Published 11-11-2023, 01:24 am

The Supreme Court of India has upheld a Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) decision, dismissing an appeal by the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in a legal battle with Kotak Mahindra Bank (NS:KTKM). The case centered on the invocation of a pledge by Kotak Mahindra Bank in the demat account of Arcadia Share and Stock Brokers.

In February 2021, following a forensic auditor's report, the NSE had instructed Kotak Mahindra Bank not to invoke a pledge in Arcadia's account until there was clarity on the ownership of the shares in question. Subsequently, Central Depository Services (India) Ltd (CDSL (NS:CENA)) imposed a debit freeze on Kotak, which is not a trading member of the exchange.

Kotak Mahindra Bank challenged these directives at the SAT, which in August 2022, overturned both the NSE's and CDSL's orders. The SAT's decision pointed out that the NSE and CDSL had overstepped their jurisdictional boundaries.

The NSE contested SAT's ruling at the Supreme Court, arguing that the tribunal had misinterpreted the provisions of its standard operating procedure. Furthermore, NSE claimed that SAT had underestimated its legislative power to regulate financial relationships with investors and the general public on its platform.

Justice Sanjiv Khanna, leading the Supreme Court bench, dismissed NSE's appeal against this ruling. The dismissal reinforces SAT's position that regulatory bodies must operate within their prescribed limits and underscores the importance of clear jurisdictional authority in financial market regulation.

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As we delve deeper into the financials of Kotak Mahindra Bank (KTKM), InvestingPro's real-time data and tips provide us with some interesting insights.

InvestingPro highlights that KTKM yields a high return on invested capital and has consistently increased its earnings per share over the past few years. These are positive indicators of the bank's ability to generate profits relative to the capital it has invested in its business.

On the flip side, InvestingPro also points out that KTKM is quickly burning through cash. This could potentially lead to a reduction in dividends, despite the bank having raised its dividend for three consecutive years.

Moreover, KTKM is trading at a low P/E ratio relative to its near-term earnings growth. This suggests that the market may be undervaluing the bank's growth prospects.

The InvestingPro platform offers numerous other tips and data points for investors looking to delve deeper into KTKM's financials. Given the bank's current legal tussle, these insights could prove valuable for investors trying to understand the bank's financial health and future prospects.

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