FILE PHOTO: CCTV cameras are seen installed above the logo of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) inside its headquarters in Mumbai. (Reuters )
FILE PHOTO: CCTV cameras are seen installed above the logo of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) inside its headquarters in Mumbai. (Reuters )

RBI imposes 11 crore fine on 4 banks for non-compliance in Swift operations

  • While the RBI imposed a 4 crore penalty on Karnataka Bank, it slapped a fine of 3 crore each on United Bank and Indian Overseas Bank
  • The Reserve Bank of India has levied an aggregate penalty of 40 million on the bank for delayed implementation 

NEW DELHI : The RBI has imposed a total monetary fine of 11 crore on four banks - Karnataka Bank, United Bank of India, IOB and Karur Vysya Bank - for non-compliance of directions on Swift messaging software.

While the RBI imposed a 4 crore penalty on Karnataka Bank, it slapped a fine of 3 crore each on United Bank and Indian Overseas Bank. Besides, the regulator has also levied one crore fine on Karur Vysya Bank.

The Reserve Bank of India has levied an aggregate penalty of 40 million on the bank for delayed implementation of four of the Swift related operational controls, Karnataka Bank said in a regulatory filing.

"The exchanges are hereby informed that Reserve Bank of India..., has imposed an aggregate penalty of 30 million on the Bank to be deposited within 14 days, for non-compliance with, and contraventions of, directions contained in the RBI circular on time-bound implementation and strengthening of SWIFT-related operational controls," United Bank said in a separate filing.

Another, state-owned lender Indian Overseas Bank said it has been penalised with fine of 3 million for non-compliance with the directions issued on February 20, 2018 by the RBI.

"The Bank has taken necessary measures to strengthen internal controls to avoid such recurrence," IOB said.

Karur Vysya said that the RBI has imposed a monetary penalty of 1 crore on the bank for non-compliance with the directions issued on Swift operations.

The RBI circular relates to 'Time-bound implementation and strengthening of Swift-related operational controls'.

Swift is the global messaging software used for transactions by the financial entities. The massive 14,000 crore fraud at the PNB was a case of misuse of this messsaging software.

Post the PNB fraud, which came to light in February 2018, the RBI has been tough on banks to tighten all kind of their transactions.

Earlier on Saturday, four banks -- SBI, Union Bank of India, Dena Bank and IDBI -- had informed exchanges about monetary penalty slapped on them by the regulator for non-compliance with various directions.

Fine of 3 crore was imposed on Union Bank, 2 crore on Dena Bank, and 1 crore each on IDBI and the SBI.

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