"Looking at the corporate governance as some sought of an encumbrance or something which has been forced upon corporates by government and the regulator... those days are now over," Sinha said at an event on corporate governance here.

According to Sebi chairman, some of the corporates in India have been raising their voice against the corporate governance norms without realising that these are being practiced now throughout the world.

Talking about OECD's (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) new corporate governance principles, Sinha urged the companies to adopt the norms on a voluntary-basis to gain a leadership position.

"The feeling I have is that only those corporates will become leaders who adopt many of these developments on voluntary basis," Sinha cited, adding that as investors become more informed and smart they would depend not only on financial results but also take a long term view on a company.

To safeguard minority shareholders' interests and promote capital markets as a key platform to raise funds, G20 and OECD in September came out with new corporate governance principles for listed companies and regulators in all member countries, including India.

Consequently, regulators and policymakers across the world, including Sebi in India, will update their regulations for the listed firms in line with the new code.

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