NEW DELHI ;
THE Supreme Court on Wednesday said that consent of majority shareholders is required when trustees seek winding up of the debt schemes. However, the top court emphasised that the consent would be obtained post publication of notices. The top court’s judgement came on a plea by Franklin Templeton challenging Karnataka High Court order which restrained winding up of its six debt schemes without obtaining the consent of its investors by a simple majority.
The top court also upheld the validity of the mutual fund regulations and in case of violation and a wrong decision by the trustees to wind up, SEBI under section 11 B has the power to go into these matters, in exceptional cases. A bench comprising Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna said that the provisions of section 53B have not been examined and it is clarified that the withholding of the judgement was to prevent the proceedings before SEBI from being prejudiced in any matter.