The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed, by an order dated February 20, 2020, a monetary penalty of INR 30 lakh (Rupees Thirty lakh only) on Saraswat Co-operative Bank Ltd. (the bank) for non-compliance with directions issued by RBI on ‘Income Recognition and Asset Classification (IRAC) norms.’
The penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of Section 47A (1) (c) read with Section 46 (4) (i) and Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, taking into account the failure of the bank to adhere to the aforesaid directions issued by RBI. This action is based on deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers.
The statutory inspection of the bank with reference to its financial position as on March 31, 2018, conducted by RBI, revealed, inter alia, non-compliance with RBI directions on IRAC norms. In furtherance to the same, a notice was issued to the bank advising it to show cause as to why penalty should not be imposed for failure to comply with the directions issued by RBI. After considering the bank’s reply to the notice, oral submissions made during the personal hearing and examination of additional submissions, RBI concluded that the aforesaid charge of non-compliance with RBI directions on IRAC norms warranted imposition of monetary penalty.