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RBI Imposes Rs 1.25 Crore Penalty on Zoroastrian Co-operative Bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 1.25 crore on Zoroastrian Co-operative Bank, Bombay, for non-compliance with RBI directions on ‘Discounting of Bills by UCBs – Restricted Letters of Credit‘ and the provisions of the Co-operative Banks Rules, 1985. This penalty had been imposed in the exercise of powers vested in RBI, the central bank said in a statement.

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RBI has imposed a monetary penalty of 50.00 lakh on Bharat Co-operative Bank (Mumbai) for non-compliance with the directions issued by RBI on ‘Income Recognition, Asset Classification, Provisioning and Other Related Matters’ (IRAC norms).

RBI has also made public that by an order dated November 24, 2022, it has imposed a monetary penalty of 20.00 lakh on Indian Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd., Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh for non-compliance with the directions issued on ‘Income Recognition, Asset Classification, Provisioning and Other Related Matters’ (IRAC norms).

This action is based on a deficiency in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers, the RBI said in the statement. The RBI statement said the statutory inspection of the bank was done by RBI with reference to its financial position as on March 31, 2020, and examination of the risk assessment report pertaining to the Forensic Audit Report (FAR) by an external auditor.

What The RBI Pointed:

RBI said all related correspondence in the matter revealed that the bank had failed to comply with the central bank’s directions on Discounting of Bills by UCBs – Restricted Letters of Credit (LC) and the provisions of the Rules, as it discounted accommodation bills under LCs without establishing the genuineness of underlying transactions/documents and failed to preserve records in good order for a period of eight years.

RBI said it came to the conclusion that the charge of non-compliance with the aforesaid directions/Rules was substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty, to the extent of non-compliance with such directions/Rules.

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