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Excerpts from the SEBI report courtesy a reader. Read para 35 onwards.
As seen below in this order, another person Shri Rajesh Unnikrishnan, also appears to have facilitated the publication in the media of the forged letter that was sent to Shri Saminathan. Shri. Rajesh Unnikrishnan is presently the Assistant Editor of Economic Times. He was also a former colleague of Shri Rakesh Sharma in Business Standard. Shri. Unnikrishnan had also covered some stories for Economic Times on transfer of PSTL shares from one promoter to another, prior to the forgery. It was also further observed that Shri Unnikrishnan was in touch with Shri Nirmal Kotecha, particularly after December 10, 2008.
Shri Rakesh Sharma, before being arrested had claimed that the forged SEBI letter was e-mailed by him from Shri Nirmal Kotecha’s residence by using his own personal e-mail ID to his following media contacts, (Shri Raj Nambisan of DNA, Shri Partha Sinha of TOI and Shri Ashish Rukhaiyar of ET) before accompanying Shri Rajesh Unnikrishnan to Dalal Street side around 2:00 p.m. Based on the copies of the e-mail submitted to SEBI by the reporters, I find that the Investigation has revealed that the e-mail to Shri Partha Sinha was sent at 1:43 p.m. i.e. around the time when the tower location for all three of them as seen in the data was Matunga (East)/ King Circle. Shri Kotecha’s residence is also at Matunga (East)/ King Circle. This corroborates Shri Rakesh Sharma’s initial admission that the e-mail to Shri Partha Sinha was forwarded from the computer in Shri Kotecha’s residence, when all three of them were at his residence.
Shri Raj Nambisan of DNA informed the investigation team that he seemed to have deleted the e-mail that was sent to him. The e-mail details forwarded by Shri Ashish Rukhaiyar of Economic Times shows that the e-mail was sent by Shri Rakesh Shrama from his personal e-mail ID to Shri Rukhaiyar’s personal e-mail ID at 3:03 p.m. Further, though Shri Rakesh Sharma claimed that the forged SEBI letter was e-mailed by him to only three of his friends
in the media, I find that he had also forwarded the forged SEBI letter by e-mail to Shri Dheer Kothari (one of his ex-colleagues in Adfactors who is based in Kolkata). From the copy of the e-mail made available by Shri Dheer Kothari, I observe that Shri Rakesh Sharma had forwarded the e-mail to him at 1:43 p.m. on December 20, 2008 i.e. again at a time when all three of them were at Matunga.