The Reserve Bank of India has imposed penalties on 19 commercial banks, as detailed below, in exercise of the powers vested with it under the provisions of Section 47A(1)(b) read with Section 46(4)(i) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
The penalties have been imposed on these banks for contravention of various instructions issued by the Reserve Bank in respect of derivatives, such as, failure to carry out due diligence in regard to suitability of products, selling derivative products to users not having risk management policies and not verifying the underlying/ adequacy of underlying and eligible limits under past performance route.
The Reserve Bank had issued show cause notices to these banks. In response
to this, the banks submitted their written replies. On a careful examination
of the banks’ written replies and the oral submissions made during the personal hearings, the Reserve Bank found that the violations were established and the penalties were thus imposed.