No RBI norm flouted in loans given to D S Kulkarni, say IDBI, Vijaya Bank

New Delhi: IDBI Bank and Vijaya Bank on Tuesday said they have exposures to Pune-based real estate developer D S Kulkarni, which is facing multi-agency probe for illegal fund diversions, but the loans were sanctioned in compliance with the RBI norms.

IDBI Bank in a regulatory filing said it has an exposure of Rs 47.18 crore to D S Kulkarni Developers Ltd.

The exchange had sought clarifications from the two banks over reports that Economic Offence Wing Financial Audit found five nationalised banks, inclusing IDBI and Vijaya Bank, flouted RBI norms while sanctioning Rs.600 crore loans to realtor D S Kulkarni.

"The Bank is not in possession of the Forensic report prepared by EOW and hence the Bank is not in a position to comprehend which specific RBI norms are alleged to have been flouted," IDBI Bank said.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

Prima-facie there appears to be no flouting of norms while sanctioning and disbursing the loan by IDBI, it said.

The loan was sanctioned in compliance of all RBI norms and in consortium with SBI as lead, it said, adding, the disbursals were made to the escrow account maintained with lead bank (SBI) based on request of the company.

Vijaya Bank said loan facilities were sanctioned to D S Kulkarni in convention manner after duly complying with all the applicable RBI norms.

"The facility is under consortium with SBI as the leader bank and Vijaya Bank share in the consortium is 4.17 percent," Vijaya Bank said.

However, United Bank of India said it does not have any exposure and never had in the past any exposure in D S Kulkarni Developers Ltd.

Economic Offence Wing of Pune police arrested Bank of Maharashtra's MD and CEO Ravindra Marathe and other top officials of the bank last week in connection with a cheating case lodged against D S Kulkarni and his wife Hemanti.

On Monday, a special sessions court in Pune had reserved its order on the bail plea of Marathe, after his counsel argued that the top banker's arrest was "illegal" as the police had failed to secure the prior permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Updated Date: Jun 27, 2018 12:43 PM

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