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rose 3.54% to Rs 296.85 at 14:58 IST on as bargain hunting emerged after the stock fell in past six sessions.

Meanwhile, the Sensex was up 373.13 points, or 1.13% to 33,406.22.

On the BSE, 14.01 lakh shares were traded in the counter so far compared with average daily volumes of 18.34 lakh shares in the past two weeks. The stock had hit a high of Rs 296.80 and a low of Rs 288 so far during the day. The stock hit a 52-week high of Rs 365.65 on 29 January 2018. The stock hit a 52-week low of Rs 240.70 on 23 March 2017.

Shares of fell 12.32% in six trading sessions to settle at Rs 286.70 yesterday, 7 March 2018, from its close of Rs 327 on 26 February 2018.

With reference to a news item titled, "ICICI's Chanda Kochhar, Axis Bank's summoned by SFIO in PNB scam case," issued a clarification after trading hours on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.

ICICI Bank drew reference to its earlier letter dated 28 February 2018, through which it had informed that the bank routinely and regularly cooperates with regulatory authorities who require information during their investigation. To aid the investigating authorities, representatives of ICICI Bank continue to engage actively and provide requisite inputs as routinely done in the case of all investigating authorities who approach the bank.

The bank clarified that the above news item will not have any material impact on the bank or trigger any reporting under Regulation 30 of the SEBI Listing Regulations owing to the fact that the bank has no exposure to the group of companies, nor it has issued any Letter of Undertaking (LOUs); nor has any buyer's credit exposure against LOUs with respect to the group of companies as well as the of companies. The bank is a part of the working capital lender consortium in the of companies along with several other banks wherein its exposure is not the largest.

Last month, state-run (PNB) uncovered fraudulent transactions worth nearly $2 billion from one of its branches. The branch staff had given unauthorised, improperly logged letters of understanding to a few select account holders who then used the fake documents to obtain advances abroad from the foreign branches of other Indian banks. Nirav Modi, a diamantaire whose eponymous luxury boutiques span the globe; his uncle Mehul Choksi, owner of Gitanjali Gems, a publicly listed jewellery company; and a third company Chandri Allied Paper & Allied Products, which makes waxes, and lubricants, were named alleged beneficiary of the unauthorised transactions.

According to media reports, investigators widened their probe on Tuesday, 6 March 2018, with the government's (SFIO) beginning to call senior executives from Gitanjali's creditor banks for questioning over their loan exposure.

ICICI Bank reported 32.4% slide in net profit to Rs crore on 4.1% fall in total income to Rs crore in Q3 December 2017 over Q3 December 2016.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 15:07 IST