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Sec 19, Depositories Act 1996: Power of Board to Give Directions in Certain Cases

Section 19 (Power of Board to give directions in certain cases) under Chapter IV (Enquiry and Inspection) of the Depositories Act 1996 ⦂‒

❝Save as provided in this Act, if after making or causing to be made an enquiry or inspection, the Board is satisfied that it is necessary—

  (i) in the interest of investors, or orderly development of securities market; or
  (ii) to prevent the affairs of any depository or participant being conducted in the manner detrimental to the interests of investors or securities market,

it may issue such directions—
  (a) to any depository or participant or any person associated with the securities market; or
  (b) to any issuer,
as may be appropriate in the interest of investors or the securities market.

Explanation.—For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that power to issue directions under this section shall include and always be deemed to have been included the power to direct any person, who made profit or averted loss by indulging in any transaction or activity in contravention of the provisions of this Act or regulations made thereunder, to disgorge an amount equivalent to the wrongful gain made or loss averted by such contravention.❞



The Depositories Act 1996 was amended by the:
- Depositories Related Laws (Amendment) Act, 1997 (Act No. 08 of 1997);
- Securities Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 1999 (Act No. 32 of 1999);
- Securities Laws (Amendment) Act, 2004 (Act No. 01 of 2005);
- Securities Laws (Amendment) Act, 2014 (Act No. 27 of 2014);
- Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Act, 2016 (Act No. 44 of 2016);
- Finance Act, 2017 (Act No. 07 of 2017).

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