The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is the regulatory authority in India established under Section 3 of SEBI Act, 1992. It provides SEBI with statutory powers for protecting the interests of investors in securities, promoting the development of the securities market and regulating the securities market.
Its regulatory jurisdiction extends over organisations in the issuance of capital and transfer of securities, in addition to all intermediaries and persons associated with securities market. It has been obligated to perform the aforesaid functions by such measures as it thinks fit. To be specific, it has powers as below :
@ To regulate the business in stock exchanges and any other securities markets
@ To Register and regulate the working of stock brokers, sub–brokers etc.
@ Promoting and regulating self-regulatory organizations
@ Prohibiting fraudulent and unfair trade practices
@ Taking information by undertaking inspection, conducting inquiries and audits of the stock exchanges, intermediaries, self– regulatory organizations, mutual funds and other persons associated with the securities market.