The Serious Fraud Investigation Office investigating companies linked to Nirav Modi has found that the three partnership firms controlled by him — Diamonds R US, Stellar Diamond and Solar Exports — had got issued unauthorisedly over 150 letters of undertaking (LoUs) aggregating to more than Rs 6,498 crore from the Brady House branch of Punjab National Bank, sources said.
Fraud-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) recovered a record Rs11,378 crore from defaulters in the first five months of this fiscal, which is more than the state-run lender’s total recovery in the two years through 2017-18, according to the bank’s data.
Desperate to return to profitability and avoid featuring on the Reserve Bank of India’s watchlist after record losses last fiscal, mainly due to the Rs14,357-crore fraud involving jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, PNB has stepped up efforts to get back money from defaulters.
Yet another fraud of Rs 9.48 crore under the nose of the Brady House branch of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) has surfaced wherein the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has accused unknown PNB officials.
The same branch has already been blotted for allegedly helping diamantaire Nirav Modi and Chairman & Managing Director of Gitanjali Group, Mehul Choksi in embezzling Rs 280 crore.
Punjab National Bank (PNB) expects to raise Rs 8,600 crore from sale of assets in 2018-2019, its managing director and chief executive officer Sunil Mehta said on Wednesday. “We have a small battery of non-core assets which will be unlocked. In the first quarter, we have done Rs 167 crore. We have a target of Rs 8,600 crore during the (current) financial year. It includes both investments as well as sale of real estate,” the MD& CEO said.
Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Tuesday reported a net loss of Rs 940 crore in the April-June period, its second straight quarterly loss, as it struggles to rebound from a Rs 14,357-crore fraud it had announced in February, involving jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.
The US bankruptcy court has asked Nirav Modi and two of his aides — Mihir Bhansali and Rakhi Bhansali — to appear before it after Punjab National Bank (PNB) and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) filed petitions to this effect.
Mihir was head of the US arm of Firestar Diamond and Rakhi was a director in the firm. PNB and MCA had filed a petition to issue subpoena or witness summons in the court.
Bank finance to the gem and jewellery sector has declined by at least 10 per cent, which will adversely impact exports, GJEPC cautioned in a report. The apex body of the gems and jewellery trade in its report today also estimated that the exports in the current fiscal year will see a drastic drop of 10 per cent.
Public Sector Banks (PSBs), including State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, IDBI Bank and Bank of India, are likely to shut one-third of their overseas branches. With an aim to tone down the cost and preserve capital, the Public Sector Banks have decided to close 70 of their 216 foreign branches, according to Indian Express report.
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