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Timeline for LIC to cut stake in IDBI Bank depends on business model: Irdai

LC has been given approval to acquire 51% stake on condition of bringing it down to below 15% over a period of time but the timeline would depend on the business plan of LIC for the troubled lender

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 


(Irdai) will set a timeline for to bring down its stake in to below 15 per cent, its chairman Subhash Khuntia said.

He clarified that the insurance giant has been given the approval to acquire 51 per cent stake on the condition of bringing it down to below 15 per cent over a period of time but the timeline would depend on the business plan of for the troubled lender.

"We will have to ask them to bring down the stake. That is the condition under which they have been given permission. They have to bring down the stake to 15 per cent eventually," the chairman told PTI.

At present, the permissible limit for an insurer to hold stake in any listed entity is 15 per cent. But with special dispensation from holds more than the limit in some state-run banks.

in June last year permitted LIC to pick up to 51 per cent stake in the debt-ridden On January 21, had received Rs 5,030 crore from LIC and on December 28, 2018, LIC had pumped in Rs 14,500 crore capital into the bank as part of its takeover.

"That ( timeline) we will have to fix. That is yet to be fixed. The condition that has been put is eventually they will have to bring down (below 15 per cent). How much time that will be, looking at their business plan and ... we will decide," Khuntia said.

Replying to a query, the IRDAI chief said in exceptional cases, the regulator may allow other insurance to increase their stakes beyond 15 per cent.

"That will be (based) on the merit of the case. No bar means it is on exceptions. It is only on exceptional circumstances, if they can justify, they can be allowed," he said when asked if there is any bar on other to follow the LIC-IDBI Bank model.

On insurance coverage as part of cyber security he said some of the insurers are formulating their own products for cyber security cover and the regulator will be enabling them by conducting workshops and other awareness programs to develop skills in the subject.

First Published: Sun, February 03 2019. 14:15 IST