PNB Tanks Over 9% Following Detection Of Alleged Fraud Worth ₹3,800 Crore

Punjab National Bank (PNB) made up over 9% intraday on July 8 following its detection of an alleged fraud of more than ₹3,800 crore by Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd (BPSL) which it reported it to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

PNB said Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd misappropriated bank funds and manipulated its books of accounts to raise funds from consortium lender banks.

“On the basis of forensic audit investigation findings and CBI filing FIR, on suo moto basis, against the company and its directors, alleging diversion of funds from banking system, a fraud of Rs 3,805.15 crore is being reported by bank to RBI,” Punjab National Bank (PNB) said in a regulatory filing.

“It has been observed that the company has misappropriated bank funds, manipulated books of accounts to raise funds from consortium lender banks. At present, the case is at NCLT which is in advance stage and the Bank expects good recovery in the account,” PNB added.

PNB said its domestic exposure to Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd (BPSL) stood at Rs 3,191.51 crore and overseas exposure at $49.71 million (approx Rs 345.74 crore) at Dubai branch and $38.51 million (approx. Rs.267.90 crore) at Hong Kong branch.

The stock is already down over 20 percent in the last three months. At 10:30 hours, Punjab National Bank was quoting at Rs 74.30, down Rs 7.45, or 9.11 percent. It has touched an intraday high of Rs 77.85 and an intraday low of Rs 73.30.