The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has, by an order dated 12 August 2021, imposed a monetary penalty of ₹25 lakh (Rupees twenty-five lakh only) on The Greater Bombay Co-operative Bank Ltd., Mumbai, Maharashtra (the bank) for non-compliance with directions issued by RBI on ‘Frauds in UCBs: Changes in monitoring and reporting mechanism. This penalty has been imposed in the exercise of powers vested in RBI under section 47A(1)(c) read with sections 46(4)(i) and 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
This action is based on deficiencies 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 statutory inspection of the bank conducted by the RBI with reference to the bank’s financial position as of 31 March 2019, the Inspection Report (IR) pertaining thereto, and examination of all related correspondence revealed, inter alia, non-compliance with aforesaid directions issued by RBI. In furtherance to the same, a notice was issued to the bank advising it to show cause as to why the penalty should not be imposed for contravention of the directions issued by RBI. After considering the bank’s reply to the notice, oral submissions made in the personal hearing, RBI came to the conclusion that the aforesaid charges were substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty.