The 30-share index, which had slipped from record levels by 42 points in the previous sessions, fell further by 149.57 points, or 0.66 percent, to close at 22,359.50 points.
The broad-based Nifty of the National Stock Exchange fell by 41.75 points, or 0.62 percent, to 6,694.35.

Brokers said the market was in over-bought position and started rolling back on profit booking at higher levels as investors turned cautious on approaching elections.

The Sensex surged 1,266 points in the March month as foreign institutional investors bought USD 4.27 billion of equities and bonds this year.

IT stocks were down before the fourth quarter earning session beginning with Infosys on April 15.

In 30-BSE index components 25 stocks declined while five ended with gains.
Major losers were Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, Reliance Industries, Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, BHEL, GAIL India, HDFC, ICICI Bank, ITC and Larsen and Toubro.
The auto sector index suffered the most by losing 1 percent to 13,278.87 followed by IT index by 0.95 percent to 8,878.67. Teck Index by 0.92 to 4,947.38 and power index by 0.83 percent to 1,723.90.


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