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PNB admits staggering loan defaults of Rs 25,000-crore (IANS Exclusive)

IANS  |  Mumbai 

The beleaguered public sector National (PNB) has admitted to 1,142 big and small defaulters all over who have defaulted a stupendous Rs 25,090.3 crore.

Of these 1,142, the PNB has so far initiated recovery proceedings by filing suits against 1,108 defaulters to recover Rs 23,879.8 crore.

However, no suits have been filed against the remaining 34 defaulters who owe the Rs 1,210.5 crore.

As is mandatory, the RBI has been informed of the status of all these messy accounts -- some of them several years old and recoveries still pending from them -- as on March 31, 2019.

The veritable 'hit-list' prepared by the country's second largest PSB covers all defaulters owing PNB Rs 25 lakh and above, through all its branches in all states, with the highest numbers emerging from Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Chandigarh, Gujarat, and

Mysteriously, some companies which availed of loans are shown as registered abroad, while others which are registered in have taken loans from the PNB from its overseas branches.

Interestingly, the list of debt-dodgers goes beyond the duo of absconding diamantaires and - whose scams worth around Rs 14,000-crore first brought the PNB imbroglio into the limelight in early 2018.

Also figuring in the list is another high-profile absconder, Vijay Mallya, who owes Rs 597.4 crore on the defunct account.

The other defaulters include Kudos Chemie Ltd., (Rs 1,301.8 crore), (Rs 899.7 crore), Jas Infrastructure & Power Ltd., Kolkata (Rs 410.9 crore), Mumbai/(Rs 410.1 crore).

A few defaulters like Kingfisher Airlines, Winsome Diamonds & Jewellery Ltd, and are currently being investigated by the (CBI).

When contacted by IANS, PNB officials declined to comment on the list of defaulters.

Recently, the PNB has initiated proceedings to recover around USD 13 million from the Tarapur Textile Park Ltd., Palghar (Maharashtra), which availed the loans from PNB's branch.

According to official sources, now the PNB is planning to hand over the case to both CBI and the (SFIO) and invoke the guarantees provided by TTPL's Arunkmar Muchhala, and the directors and

With reference to this instance, the buzz in circles is - how companies registered in availed massive loans from PNB's foreign branches, and similarly, how companies registered on foreign shores were granted loans from the bank's Indian branches, without the connivance of certain officials.

The All Employees Association termed as "a very serious matter that one bank has such a massive number of defaulters of public money".

"Plus, it is not confined to one bank and all banks have such bad loan accounts. A bulk of defaulters are corporates or big companies and a forensic audit of all should be carried out. Why can't the against the big-time willful defaulters instead of merely civil suits which can drag on for years," Venkatachalam told IANS.

(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at: q.najmi@ians.in)

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 16:04 IST
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