SEBI Master Circular for the Custodians

SEBI Master Circular for the Custodians

SEBI Master Circular for the Custodians

  1. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), from time to time, has been issuing various circulars/directions to Custodians. In order to enable the stakeholders to have access to the applicable requirements specified in these circulars at one place, the provisions of the said circulars have been consolidated in this Master Circular. The terms not defined in this Master Circular shall have the same meaning as provided under the act or the regulations, as the case maybe.
  2. In addition to the requirements specified under this Master Circular, the custodians shall be required to independently comply with the other requirements specified by SEBI for market intermediaries such as the ‘Levy of Goods & Services Tax (GST) on the fees payable to SEBI’, ‘Approach to securities market data access and terms of usage of data provided by data sources in Indian securities market’, ‘Digital mode of payment’, ‘Information regarding Grievance Redressal Mechanism’ and ‘Guidelines on Outsourcing of Activities by Intermediaries’, etc.
  3. With respect to any other directions or guidance issued by SEBI, as specifically applicable to Custodians, the same shall continue to remain in force in addition to the provisions of this Master Circular or any other law for the time being in force.
  4. This Master Circular shall come into force from the date of its issue. The circulars mentioned in Annexure A of the Master Circular shall stand rescinded with effect from the date of issuance of this Master Circular.
  5. Notwithstanding such rescission,
    a. anything done or any action taken or purported to have been done or taken under the rescinded circulars, including registrations or approvals granted, fees collected, registration or approval suspended or cancelled, any inspection or investigation or enquiry or adjudication commenced or show-cause notice issued, prior to such rescission, shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Master Circular;

    b.any application made to SEBI under the rescinded circulars, prior to such rescission, and pending before it shall be deemed to have been made under the corresponding provisions of this Master Circular;

    c.the previous operation of the rescinded circulars or anything duly done or suffered there under, anyright, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under the rescinded circulars, any penalty, incurred in respect of any violation committed against the rescinded circulars, or any investigation, legal proceeding or remedy in respect of any such right, privilege, obligation, liability, penalty as aforesaid, shall remain unaffected as if the rescinded circulars have never been rescinded.
  6. This Master Circular is issued in exercise of powers conferred under Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities market.

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