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Allahabad Bank reports Rs 1,744-cr fraud by Bhushan Power & Steel to RBI

Allahabad Bank further said it has been observed that the company has misappropriated bank funds, and manipulated books of accounts to raise funds from consortium lender banks

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Allahabad Bank
Allahabad Bank

After Punjab National Bank (PNB), another state-owned lender Saturday reported fraud of over Rs 1,774 crore by Bhushan Power and Steel to the Reserve Bank of India.

in a regulatory filing said on the basis of forensic audit investigation findings and CBI filing FIR against the company and its directors, alleging diversion of funds from banking system by Bhushan Power and Steel Ltd (BPSL), a fraud of Rs 1,774.82 core has been reported by the bank to the Reserve Bank.

Last week, reported a fraud worth Rs 3,805.15 crore by the bankrupt steel company BPSL by misappropriating bank funds and manipulating its books of accounts.

Around 85 per cent of PNB's Rs 4,399 crore exposure to the company had been siphoned off.

further said it has been observed that the company has misappropriated bank funds, and manipulated books of accounts to raise funds from consortium lender banks.

The bank has already made provisions amounting to Rs 900.20 crore against exposure of the bank in BPSL, it said.

At present, the case is in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), which is in advance stage and the bank expects good recovery in the account.

It is expected that more banks may report fraud committed by BPSL as the CBI complaint registered in April names several other lenders.

According to the CBI, BPSL diverted around Rs 2,348 crore through its directors and staff from the loan accounts of (IFB New Delhi & IFB Chandigarh), Oriental Bank of Commerce (Kolkata), IDBI Bank (Kolkata) and UCO Bank (IFB Kolkata) into the accounts of more than 200 shell without any obvious purpose.

The agency said that the company in doing so had misused the funds and the FIR named chairman Sanjay Singhal, vice-chairman Aarti Singhal, along with other directors as suspects.

"It was further alleged that the said Company availed various Loan facilities from 33 banks/financial institutions during the year 2007 to 2014 to the tune of Rs 47,204 crore (approx) and defaulted on repayments. Subsequently, lead bank declared the account as NPA followed by other banks and financial institutions," the CBI had stated.

First Published: Sat, July 13 2019. 19:23 IST
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