Now, with Franklin India AMC facing multiple lawsuits on the manner of winding up its six debt funds – the saga has taken a new turn.
• Lawsuits by unitholders against Franklin bring to light the fact that the rights of unitholders under SEBI regulations are ambiguous. It cannot simply be assumed that unitholders rights are limited to simply voting for liquidating a fund’s assets.
• In communicating with unitholders, Franklin’s line of argument also comes across as somewhat high-handed.
Franklin India came out with a communication dt. May 14, 2020 to its investors, on its 6 debt schemes to be wound up. The communication, after apologizing to investors, had the following key points.