Friction #10: The canker of insider trading that just won’t go away

You could say Saurabh Mukherjea should have known better. Author of highly-rated books such as Coffee Can Investing and former CEO of Ambit Capital, Mukherjea just paid up Rs 1.38 crore to markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India to settle a case of alleged breach of insider trading and fraudulent trade practices norms. 

Mukherjea of course isn’t the only market participant who has bought peace with the regulator by taking recourse to the negotiated settlement clause, which allows the person charged to pay a fine without the admission or denial of guilt. In 2018, mega investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala …


Sundeep Khanna

Sundeep Khanna has, in a career spanning three decades, donned multiple hats across corporate and editorial roles, and is one of the foremost chroniclers of business in India. In his last assignment, he was executive editor of the financial daily Mint; for The Morning Context, he will write on corporate governance in India every fortnight in his newsletter, Friction.