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PNB suspends eight more officials, to repay other banks by March-end

He said PNB will settle liabilities towards other banks by March end and no further capital infusion would be needed as these would be funded from internal resources

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PNB case: Bank suspends 8 more officials, to repay other banks by March-end

Punjab National (PNB), which is at the centre of India's biggest banking fraud, has suspended eight more officials, including one at general manager level, for their suspected involvement in the multi-crore scam, a senior government official said.

The official also said that PNB will other their dues by March 31 and would be funded from internal resources.

On Wednesday, 10 employees had been suspended after the reported fraudulent transactions of more than Rs 113 billion to stock exchanges.

The fraud, in which diamond jewelery designer Nirav Modi allegedly acquired fraudulent letters of undertaking (LoUs) from one its branches for overseas credit from other Indian lenders, is being probed by and among other agencies.

"Eight more officials of the bank have been suspended, including one at the general manager level," the official said, adding the total number of officers suspended for suspected involvement is 18.

He said PNB will settle liabilities towards other by March end and no further capital infusion would be needed as these would be funded from internal resources.

In banking parlance LoU is a guarantee issued by one bank to branches of other banks, based on which overseas branches offer credit to borrowers.

"The investigations are on as to how much credit has been given on account of the LoUs. The bank will fulfil its liabilities based on the investigation report," the official said.

In January the government had announced it would infuse Rs 54.73 billion into PNB in current fiscal.

The official further said that the bank would now initiate probe in 36-related accounts to recover further dues.

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First Published: Fri, February 16 2018. 15:43 IST
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