A Parliamentary Committee on Food,Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution,headed by Congress MP from city Vilas Muttemwar,has recommended a CBI probe into alleged irregularities and malpractices in the national and regional commodity exchanges across the country.
The standing committee,which placed its 18th report in the Parliament last week,said that those powerful traders,who indulged in malpractices,neither have any fear of the Forward Market Commission (FMC),nor are they bothered by the fine that can be imposed upon them.
“Therefore,The committee recommended that the FMC should seriously consider that cases of malpractices noticed in the national and regional commodity exchange should be handed over to the CBI for proper and thorough investigation,which will help in bringing offenders to justice,” former Union Minister Muttemwar said.
Sources close to the standing committee said that the alleged irregularities and malpractices is to the tune of nearly Rs 4,000 crore.
Muttemwar,who is also the AICC general secretary,said that despite the regulatory mechanism in the FMC in place,there were reported cases of trading irregularities and market manipulations.
The standing committee received complaints in December 2010 regarding the irregularities in National Multi Commodity Exchange (NMCE),Ahmedabad and was investigated and certain malpractices of the anchor promoter of NMCE were detected.
In its report,that the Muttemwar Panel laid in the Parliament,said that after the malpractices were detected,appropriate directions were given to the Board of Exchange for taking further steps as per the law. Recently,the FMC barred five brokers for a period of one year for allegedly indulging in irregularities in guar gum and guar seed trade that led to two-fold price rise since November 2011.
FMC,under the aegis of Consumer Affairs Ministry oversees the functioning of five national and 16 regional exchanges. The combined turnover of the commodity exchanges is to the tune of Rs 181.26 lakh crore,which is 52 per cent higher than the last fiscal.
Committee sources further said that four known companies are invovled in the scam running into more than Rs 4,000 crore. The report said that about 4,490 traders minted money and about 9,254 suffered losses. These companies manipulated prices up and down between October 2011 and March this year.