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RBI imposes monetary penalty on the Parwanoo Urban Co-operative Bank for contravention of its norms

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed, by an order dated November 15, 2022, a monetary penalty of ₹3.00 lakh (Rupees Three Lakh only) on The Parwanoo Urban Co-operative Bank Limited, Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh for contravention of section 35A and section 36(1)(a) read with section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 as the bank failed to comply with specific directions issued to it by RBI under Supervisory Action Framework (SAF).

This penalty has been imposed in the exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of section 47A(1)(c) read with section 46(4)(i) and section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, taking into account the failure of the bank to adhere to the aforesaid directions issued by RBI. 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 Inspection Report and Risk Assessment Report of the bank based on its financial position as on March 31, 2021, revealed, inter alia, non-compliance with specific directions issued to the bank by RBI under Supervisory Action Framework (SAF). Based on the same, a Notice was issued to the bank advising it to show cause as to why a penalty should not be imposed for non-compliance with the said directions. After considering the bank's reply to the notice and submissions made during the personal hearing, RBI came to the conclusion that the aforesaid charge of non-compliance with RBI directions was substantiated and warranted the imposition of a monetary penalty.

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