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RBI imposes monetary penalty of ₹ 1 Crore on City Union Bank Ltd for contravention of its directions

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed, by an order dated 19 May 2021, a monetary penalty of ₹1 Crore (Rupees one Crore only) on City Union Bank Limited for contravention of/ non-compliance with certain provisions of the directions contained in the Reserve Bank of India (Lending to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME Sector) Directions, 2017 and the circulars on Educational Loan Scheme and Credit Flow to Agriculture – Agricultural Loans – Waiver of Margin/ Security Requirements. The penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of Section 47A(1)(c) read with Section 46(4)(i) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

This action is based on the 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 with reference to its financial position as on 31 March and the Risk Assessment Report (RAR) pertaining thereto revealed, inter alia, non-compliance with the afore-said directions issued by RBI. In furtherance to the same, a notice was issued to the bank advising it to show cause as to why penalty should not be imposed for failure to comply with the directions issued by RBI. After considering the bank’s replies to the notices, oral submissions made in the personal hearing and examination of additional submissions made by it, RBI came to the conclusion that the charges of non-compliance with the aforesaid RBI directions were substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty.

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