SECP refutes media reports regarding crackdown against companies

APP
July 18,2019

In a press release, the SECP strongly refutes news appearing in a section of the press and electronic media attributing any purported action against companies.

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ISLAMABAD: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan on Thursday said that no crackdown was being planned or under consideration of the commission.

The SECP strongly refuted news appearing in a section of the press and electronic media attributing any purported action against companies.

It said that being the apex regulator of the corporate sector, the SECP was taking all necessary steps to ensure beneficial regulation and growth of capital market and corporate sector in the country.

It is also clarified that SECP does not regulate or enforce Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 or Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 2017. SECP’s powers are restricted to offences provided in the SECP Act, 1997, and other administered legislation as provided in its schedule.

The recently notified rules, that is the “SECP (Search and Seizure) Rules, 2019” are a requirement of law under section 31 of the SECP Act, 1997, which merely lays down strict procedures for use of powers by the SECP’s investigation officers.

It is reiterated that these powers are restricted to investigations ordered by the commission under the SECP-administered legislation.

As wrongly reported in a section of the media no new powers have been bequeathed to the SECP.

It is clarified that the powers of search and seizure and forced entry have been part and parcel of the SECP Act, 1997, since the establishment of the commission.

It is stressed here that recently notified rules are aimed at helping the commission to curb any potential misuse of authority by the investigation officers.

The rules, inter alia, require investigation officers to first seek authorization, in writing, from the commission, comprising of five commissioners for the purpose of search and seizure.

Further, in certain circumstances, the order from the relevant magistrate is also required.


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