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The Securities and Exchange Board of India barred 24 key operators, including Indiabulls and Karvy Stock Broking, from operating in the stock market and banned 12 depository participants from opening fresh accounts for their involvement in the Initial Public Offer scam.

It also banned 85 financiers from capital market activities.

Suzlon Energy Ltd's Rs 1,496.34 crore (Rs 14.963 billion) public issue (September 23-29, 2005). The retail portion was oversubscribed 6.04 times and the non-institutional portion was oversubscribed 40.27 times. Key operators used 21,692 fictitious accounts to corner 323,023 shares representing 3.74 per cent of the total number of shares allotted to retail individual investors.

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Jet Airways's Rs 1,899.3 crore (Rs 18.993 billion) public offer (Feb 18-24, 2005). The retail portion was subscribed 2.99 times and the non-institutional portion by 12.5 times. Key operators used 1186 fake accounts for cornering 20,901 shares repersenting 0.52 per cent of the total number of shares allotted to retail investors.

National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd's Rs 5,368.14 crore (Rs 53.681 billion) IPO (Oct 7-14, 2004). The retail portion was oversubscribed 3.73 times and the non-institutional portion by 11.93 times. Key operators used a total of 12,853 afferent accounts for cornering 2,750,730 shares representing 1.3 per cent of the total number of shares allotted to retail investors.

Tata Consultancy Services's Rs 4,713.47 crore (Rs 47.134 billion) public offer (Aug 19-23, 2004). The retail portion was oversubscribed 2.86 times and the non-institutional portion by 19.15 times. Key operators used 14,619 'benami' accounts to corner 261,294 shares representing 2.09 per cent of the total shares allotted to retail individual investors.

Patni Computer System Ltd's Rs 430.65 crore (Rs 4.306 billion) public issue (Jan 27-Feb 5 2004). The retail portion was oversubscribed 9.36 times and the non-institutional portion by 39.22 times. A lone key operator used 2541 afferent account for cornering 127,050 shares representing 2.71 per cent of the total number of shares allotted to retail investors.
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