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India's National Stock Exchange sues market regulator to access $817 mln corpus - ET

BENGALURU, May 14 (Reuters) - The National Stock Exchange of India is suing the country's market regulator to get access to 60 billion rupees ($816.77 million) of its revenue deposited into a separate account for over four years, the Economic Times reported here on Friday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

In September 2016, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had asked the NSE to deposit revenue generated from offering co-location services into a separate account and had barred it from using those funds, the report said.

Brokerages can rent data racks in the exchange itself from co-location frameworks, allowing them quicker access to exchange servers.

In April 2019, SEBI said here it did not have enough evidence that the NSE committed a fraudulent and unfair trade practice but it had established the exchange did not exercise due diligence when putting in place the co-location servers.

The stock exchange has moved the Securities Appellate Tribunal to get permission to withdraw money from the account, according to the report.

The NSE also wants the tribunal to pass an order discontinuing the need for the bourse to put its co-location revenues into a different account, the report added. The tribunal is set to hear the matter on May 17.

SEBI and NSE did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comments. ($1 = 73.4600 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Shivani Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

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