What is SEBI and what is its role

March 31, 2008


The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is the regulatory authority in India established under Section 3 of SEBI Act, 1992. SEBI Act, 1992 provides for establishment of Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI) with statutory powers for
(a) protecting the interests of investors in securities
(b) promoting the development of the securities market and
(c)regulating the securities market. Its regulatory jurisdiction extends over corporates in the issuance of capital and transfer of securities, in addition to all intermediaries and persons associated with securities market. SEBI has been obligated to perform the aforesaid functions by such measures as it thinks fit. In particular, it has powers for:
§ Regulating the business in stock exchanges and any other securities markets
§ Registering and regulating the working of stock brokers, sub–brokers etc.
§ Promoting and regulating self-regulatory organizations
§ Prohibiting fraudulent and unfair trade practices
§ Calling for information from, undertaking inspection, conducting inquiries and audits of the stock exchanges, intermediaries, self – regulatory organizations, mutual funds and other persons associated with the securities market.

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