November 29, 2019 / 10:45 AM / 13 days ago

RBI moves to begin bankruptcy proceedings against DHFL

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a signboard of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL) outside its office on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

BENGALURU (Reuters) - The Reserve Bank of India has filed an application to begin bankruptcy proceedings against shadow lender Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DHFL), it said Friday.

DHFL, once one of India’s top shadow lenders, owes its creditors - which include mutual funds, banks, pension funds, insurance firms and retail investors - close to 1 trillion rupees ($13.93 billion).

The country’s shadow banking sector, a key source of credit to millions, has been plagued by a credit crunch triggered by the collapse of lending major IL&FS last year.

India’s central bank said earlier this month it would begin bankruptcy proceedings against DHFL, and superseded the company’s board, while appointing an administrator.

($1 = 71.7700 rupees)

Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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