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RBI fines SBI, Indian Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank for breach of norms

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Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday slapped fines on the State Bank of India (SBI), Indian Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, and Fedbank Financial Services for violating norms.

A penalty of Rs 1.3 crore was imposed on SBI, Rs 1.62 crore on Indian Bank, Rs 1 crore on Punjab & Sind Bank, and Rs 8.80 lakh on Fedbank Financial Services, the RBI said in separate press statements.

The fine was imposed on SBI and Indian Bank as they sanctioned a term loan to a corporation in lieu of or to substitute budgetary resources envisaged for certain projects, without undertaking due diligence on the viability and bankability of the projects, to ensure that revenue streams from the projects were sufficient to take care of the debt servicing obligations, and the repayment/ servicing of which was made out of budgetary resources, the RBI said.

In addition, the SBI failed to adhere to the intra-group exposure limit, as it did not consider the intra-day limit sanctioned to its group entity for the purpose of computing intra-group exposure limit.

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Indian Bank was fined as it allowed operations and did not close several accounts opened using OTP-based e-KYC in non-face-to-face mode, even after the expiry of one year without conducting customer due diligence procedure, and opened several savings accounts in the names of customers not eligible to maintain savings deposit account, the RBI statement said.

Similarly, Punjab & Sind Bank failed to credit the eligible amount to a Depositor Education and Awareness Fund within the period prescribed under Section 26A of the BR Act, due to which the monetary penalty was imposed.

Fedbank Financial Services has been fined as it delayed the reporting of fraud to the RBI.

With inputs from agencies

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