PNB scam case: Additional fraud of Rs 1,300 crore revealed

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima DwivediBy Arnima Dwivedi

Published on 27 Feb 2018 6:09 AM GMT

PNB scam case: Additional fraud of Rs 1,300 crore revealed
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PNB discloses Rs 942 cr additional exposure to Gitanjali group
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Mumbai: The fraud-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) has reported an additional Rs 1,300 crore unauthorised transactions, taking the estimated quantum to Rs 12,600 crore in the scam related to diamond trader Nirav Modi and owner of Gitanjali Gems, Mehul Choksi.

In a 11.22 p.m., late night filing with the stock exchanges on Monday, the bank said: "In continuation to our filing with stock exchanges on February 14, 2018, we have to inform that quantum of reported unauthorised transactions can increase by $204.25 million."

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday said it questioned PNB Executive Director K.V. Brahmaji Rao, two General Managers and a retired official in connection with its probe into the multi-crore fraud.

Also Read: CBI questions PNB MD, Director in $1.8 bn bank fraud

The Income Tax Department also said it had attached 66 more bank accounts related to accused Choksi.

Earlier, PNB, the second largest public sector bank in India, had said it had detected a $1.8 billion fraud in the Brady House Branch in Mumbai.

"The bank has detected some fraudulent and unauthorised transactions (messages) in one of its branches in Mumbai for the benefit of a few select account holders with their apparent connivance," the filing by PNB earlier said.

Initially it had put the quantum of such transactions at around Rs 11,300 crore.

The bank's shares dropped drastically on Tuesday after this regulatory filing and it was trading at Rs 102.45 per share, down 8.45 per cent at 1046 hours.

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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