Here are the biggest bank frauds that happened in India the previous financial year
- Number of bad loans alone was close to $149 billion last year.
Nirav Modiand his uncle Mehul Choksi allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank of over ₹1.77 billion.
- According to proxy advisory firm Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS), in 2016-17 alone the Indian banking sector reported 12,553 frauds aggregating to Rs 181.7 billion.
AdvertisementIndia’s already troubled banking sector is being demolished by the surging number of bad loans and/or bank frauds that are coming to light. Though this is not at all a new phenomenon, the Nirav Modi case has opened up a Pandora’s box full of dodgy transactions -- that typically involves cases where the borrower intentionally tries to deceive the lending bank and does not repay the loan -- that run in millions and even billions. As a result of which, the CBI is on an overdrive to nab these offenders.
According to data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), accessed through a right-to-information request by a Reuters reporter, in the five financial years leading up to 31 March 2017 showed that state-run banks reported 8,670 “loan fraud” cases totalling ₹612.6 billion. And the number of bad loans alone was close to a whopping $149 billion last year. According to proxy advisory firm Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS), in 2016-17 alone the Indian banking sector reported 12,553 frauds aggregating to Rs 181.7 billion.
Here’s are of the biggest frauds that came to light in the past financial year.
Kanishk Gold Pvt Ltd./consortium of 14 banks led by
Nirav Modi /
Vikram Kothari / consortium of 7 banks led by Bank of India: The CBI arrested
Dwarka Das Seth International Pvt Ltd / Oriental Bank of Commerce: On 24 February 2018, the CBI registered a case against Delhi-based diamond exporter, Dwarka Das Seth International Pvt Ltd, for an alleged
Totem Infrastructure Ltd / consortium of eight banks led by Union Bank of India: CBI arrested the promoters of Totem Infrastructure Ltd — Tottempudi Salalith and Tottempudi Kavita — on 23 March 2018 in connection with an alleged ₹13940 million fraud perpetrated against a consortium of eight banks. They were also accused of using the funds that were loaned to them for purposes other than what they were meant for.
Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran and more / IDBI Bank: The CBI on Thursday (26 April 2018) registered a case against 15 former and serving senior IDBI Bank officials along with 24 others including former Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran, the heads of two public sector banks — Melwyn Rego of Syndicate Bank and Kishor Kharat of Indian Bank — and former CMD of IDBI Bank M S Raghavanand in an alleged ₹6-billion bank fraud case. The CBI claims loans worth ₹3220 million and ₹5230 million were given to Sivasankaran’s two offshore companies – Axcel Sunshine Limited (British Virgin Islands) and Finland-based Win Wind Oy respectively – which turned non-performing assets.
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