Zee Entertainment Shares Tumble 12%; Hit Lower Circuit Limit

Zee Entertainment Shares Tumble 12%; Hit Lower Circuit Limit

ZEEL shares plunged 11.39 per cent to Rs 170.70 per piece on the NSE.

PTIUpdated: Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 02:10 PM IST
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Shares of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) tumbled 12 per cent in the mid-session trade on Wednesday amid reports of capital market regulator Sebi has unearthed a financial discrepancy exceeding USD 241 million (nearly Rs 2,000 crore) in the accounts of the company.

The stock of the company nosedived 11.58 per cent to Rs 170.65 apiece on the BSE.

ZEEL shares plunged 11.39 per cent to Rs 170.70 per piece on the NSE.

In the mid-session trade, the scrip also hit its lower circuit limit on the bourses.

The 30-share BSE Sensex benchmark rose 90.17 points or 0.12 per cent to 73,147.57, while Nifty of the NSE rose 40.25 points to 22,237.20.

As per the reports, during Sebi's probe into Zee's founders, the regulator discovered that approximately Rs 2,000 crore (equivalent to USD 241 million) may have been diverted from the company.

However, the company spokesperson clarified that the reports related to accounting issues are "incorrect and false".

The report suggested that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has been in conversation with senior officials at Zee, including its founders Subhash Chandra and his son Punit Goenka, and some board members to explain their stance.

Further, the report noted the amount found missing is not final and may change after Sebi reviews the responses from the company executives.

Later, a ZEEL spokesperson said, "The reports and rumours pertaining to accounting issues in the company are incorrect and false. Pursuant to the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) order, which granted relief to the current Key Managerial Personnel (KMP), the company has been in the process of providing all the comments, information or explanation requested by SEBI, and has extended complete co-operation on all aspects." On Tuesday, shares of ZEEL settled 8 per cent higher amid reports that Zee and Sony Pictures Networks (India) are working to salvage their USD 10 billion merger.

ZEEL shares have seen a massive downfall after the collapse of its merger with Sony Group Corp's India unit. 

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