May27 , 2022

Axis Mutual Fund suspends two fund managers for alleged violations

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A Lamborghini seems to have blown the lid of a huge front running scandal in a private sector mutual fund.

Front running is when a broker has exclusive details of a stock being bought or sold in large quantities and trades that stock to benefit from it. The practice is illegal in India.

There are now loud whispers of a Rs 1,000 crore scam in a large mutual fund owned by a leading private sector bank involving front running by the fund managers and dealers, according to IANS.

The said fund manager seems to have been using a Lamborghini and buying luxury apartments in and around Mumbai. He is said to be on the payrolls of brokers and accumulated small and midcap stocks on behalf of the mutual fund.

Axis Mutual Fund has carried out changes in fund manager responsibilities with effect from May 4 and Viresh Joshi, who was handling Axis Arbitrage Fund, Axis Banking ETF, Axis Consumption ETF, Axis Nifty ETF and Axis Technology ETF, does not find a mention in the new responsibilities. Deepak Agarwal also does not find mention in the new structure.

According to a report in Moneycontrol, Axis Mutual Fund has stripped two fund managers of their roles, amid allegations of violations against certain officials of the fund house, according to people aware of the matter.

Chief trader and fund manager Viresh Joshi, assistant fund manager Deepak Agarwal, and managing director and chief executive officer Chandresh Nigam are said to be among those affected by the changes.

As per Twitter comments, there is a speculation Joshi made Rs 500 crore and owned 14 apartments around Mumbai.

Joshi was said to be instrumental in buying small and mid cap stocks and boosting them to place with the mutual fund once they crossed a certain size threshold.

There is also talk that this may be rampant in the Indian mutual fund industry and what some said on Twitter was an industry practice.

It is learnt that the CEO, Chandresh Nigam is also under fire for overlooking these practices. Some of the holdings of the fund may face pressure in the markets as buzz spreads around this scandal.

(With IANS inputs)

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Published on: Friday, May 06, 2022, 01:11 PM IST



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