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Punjab National Bank detects $1.8 bn fraud at a Mumbai branch

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Punjab National Bank, the second largest public sector in India, has detected a $1.8 billion fraud in one of its branches here, the said in a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges on Wednesday.

"The has detected some fraudulent and unauthorised transactions (messages) in one of its branch in for the benefit of a few select account holders with their apparent connivance," the filing by the bank said.

It had quoted the quantum of such transactions was to the tune of around $1,771.69 million (around Rs 11,515 crore).

The amount of fraudulent transactions is equivalent to eight times the bank's net income of about Rs 1,320 crore ($206 million).

This case has happened at a time when the Indian system is already grappling to tackle its swelling non-performing assets.

"Based on these transactions other appear to have advanced money to these customers abroad. In the bank these transactions are contingent in nature and liability arising out of these on the bank shall be decided based on the law and genuineness of underlying transactions," the filing said.

The bank informed: "The matter is already referred to law enforcement agencies to examine and book the culprits as per law of the land."

On February 5, the had booked billionaire diamond service provider Nirav Modi, his brother, wife and an enterprise companion for allegedly cheating of over Rs 280.70 crore last year.

Following the complaint, the CBI registered a FIR under the Indian Penal Code sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act against the four.

The stock of was trading at Rs 149.20 per share, down 7.70 per cent at the at 1.59 p.m.



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 14:14 IST