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Case Code : FINC008
Case Length : 9 Pages
Period : 1993 - 1997
Pub. Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : CRB Group, SEBI
Industry : Financial Services
Countries : India

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The Doomed Depositors Contd...

However, Bhansali did not show up.

With the expiry of the RBI deadline, the CRB Group collapsed, shattering the dreams of thousands of investors across the country.1

The Man and The Mess

Born in a jute trader's house in Calcutta, Bhansali was a studious person. After obtaining a degree in commerce, Bhansali completed Chartered Accountancy in 1980. In the same year, he started a financial consultancy firm, CRB Consultancy.

Through Bhansali's personal contacts, CRB Consultancy soon managed to secure the business of providing issue management services to a few well-known companies in Calcutta. Over the years, Bhansali acquired other degrees as well including ACS, Ph.D., MIIA (US) and a diploma in Journalism. Though he made a lot of money, Bhansali found it difficult to find recognition in Calcutta.

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He then moved to New Delhi to join one of the country's leading registrars of companies. However when Bhansali was caught short-charging the registrar's clients, he had to leave.

Bhansali then established 'CRB Consultants,' a private limited company in New Delhi in 1985. In 1992, the name of the company was changed to CRB Capital Markets (CRB Caps) and it was converted into a public limited company. The company offered various services including merchant banking, leasing and hire purchase, bill discounting and corporate funds management, fixed deposit and resources mobilization, mutual funds and asset management, international finance and forex operations. CRB Caps was also very active in stock-broking having a card both on the BSE and the NSE. The company raised over Rs 176 crore from the public by January 1995. The A+ rating given by CARE and upfront cash incentives of 7-10% attracted investors in hordes to Bhansali's schemes...

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1] The total money involved in the CRB scam was Rs 932 crore, which included Rs 133 crore to banks, Rs 6 crore to the Unit Trust of India, Rs 100 crore to corporates, Rs 229 crore through the CRB Mutual Fund, Rs 186 crore to individual depositors and Rs 258 crore raised through equities.

 

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