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Sebi Probes Quant Mutual Fund Over Alleged Front-Running

Quant Mutual Fund

Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the capital market regulator, is investigating Quant Mutual Fund, a major player with ₹93,000 crore in assets under management (AUM), for suspected front-running activities.

What is Front-Running?

Front-running is an illegal practice in the financial market. It involves using privileged information about a large impending trade to make personal trades beforehand. This essentially allows the perpetrator to “jump the queue” and potentially profit at the expense of the larger investor, like a mutual fund.

Understanding the Allegations

Sebi reportedly suspects that someone with access to information about Quant Mutual Fund’s planned trades might have leaked this information to others. These individuals could be insiders at Quant itself, or someone at a broking firm involved in executing the fund’s orders.

Armed with this advance knowledge, they could then buy or sell the same stocks before Quant, potentially driving up the price before the larger fund enters the market. This manipulation could lead to Quant having to purchase securities at a higher cost, ultimately impacting the returns of its investors.

Sebi’s Actions on Quant Mutual Fund

As part of the investigation, Sebi conducted search and seizure operations at Quant’s Mumbai headquarters and the locations of suspected beneficiaries in Hyderabad. This suggests they are looking for evidence, such as electronic records or communication, that could substantiate the front-running claims.

Quant Mutual Fund’s Response

While not directly addressing the allegations, Quant has issued a statement assuring investors of their cooperation with Sebi and commitment to transparency. They have also confirmed receiving inquiries from the regulator.

The Outcome

The Sebi investigation is ongoing, and it remains to be seen if any wrongdoing will be proven. If found guilty of front-running, Quant Mutual Fund could face severe penalties, including fines, suspension of operations, and even legal action against individuals involved. This case highlights the importance of market integrity and Sebi’s role in protecting investors from unfair practices.

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